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2011-02-09 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Alstom Transport, a world leader in high-speed rail, today applauded the Obama Administration on its plans to make a significant investment in rail transportation, including high speed rail. The Administration yesterday announced a plan to invest $53 billion over six years to continue construction of a national high-speed and intercity passenger rail network around the country. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release,...

2011-02-08 18:45:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewpoint from Peter Gertler, chair high-speed rail services for HNTB Corporation, on Vice President Joe Biden's announcement today of a comprehensive plan to provide 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years: To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/identifying-a-shared-vision-for-high-speed-rail-115605024.html High-speed rail offers the United...

2011-01-24 11:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 California public and private sector transportation leaders voiced strong support for implementing high-speed rail in California in a report released today from the Center for Urban Infrastructure at Brandman University. The report said that in addition to the advantages of job creation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the top priority should be creating a more efficient mass transit system. The leaders also said...

2011-01-18 09:48:00

PARIS, January 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Launched on December 1 by France's SNCF rail company, the Box TGV service is now enabling passengers using the eastern route of its high-speed network to benefit from a unique multimedia and Internet service. Box TGV uses technology and infrastructure developed by the OCEA consortium, led by Orange Business Services and including Eutelsat, Alstom and Capgemini. The technological achievements realised by the consortium have risen to...

2011-01-11 13:12:00

DALLAS, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Presenters from the public and private sector will gather in Dallas January 27 and 28 to discuss action plans for the future of passenger and freight rail service in Texas at the 7th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference, despite facing short term financial obstacles at the state and federal level. "Planning for freight and passenger rail improvements is a long-term proposition that must be addressed regardless of short-term budget...

2011-01-06 15:05:00

Comparisons to California and other rail projects suggest rail system will cost Florida taxpayers much more than $280 million LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the proposed Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail line goes over budget or fails to meet ridership expectations Florida taxpayers could get stuck with a bill of up to $3 billion, according to a new Reason Foundation report. Long-standing research shows costs are underestimated on nine out of every 10 large...

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2010-12-14 11:05:39

High-speed trains consume 29% less energy than conventional trains per passenger transported, and reduce CO2 emissions by the same proportion. These are the conclusions of a study by the Spanish Railways Foundation published in the journal Transportation Research Record. "A high speed train operating in normal conditions consumes less energy and produces less CO2 emissions per passenger transported (on average 29% less) than a conventional train travelling between the same two points at a...

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2010-12-03 11:20:00

China media reported that a Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour on Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai. The Xinhua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train.  There have been other trains in other countries that have reached higher speeds. France's TGV train reached 357.2 mph during a 2007 test, while a Japanese magnetically levitated train raced to 361 mph...

2010-12-02 22:12:00

FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The California High-Speed Rail Authority has picked the area where the first segment of California's and the nation's first high-speed rail track will be constructed. The 65-mile portion of track, with a price tag of $4.15 billion, will stretch from just north of Fresno and continue north of Bakersfield, passing straight through Fresno. It is just the start of an 800-mile high-speed rail project that will ultimately connect San Diego to San...

2010-11-05 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the "Future of High Speed Rail Tour", a life-size model of Siemens' Velaro high-speed train will be on display Nov. 8 & 9 at the Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando. The travelling exhibit started its journey in Tampa on Oct. 7. Its final stop will be in Miami next year. See video from Siemens at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/Velaro-HSR-Tour/Default.aspx Visitors to the Orlando exhibit who board the Velaro mock-up...


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