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2011-04-28 08:00:00

CHICAGO, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A high speed rail system serving all major metropolitan areas within 350-450 miles of Chicago could result in significant ridership, economic development and job creation. The Midwest High Speed Rail Association today released a study titled "The Economic Impacts of High Speed Rail: Transforming the Midwest," with Siemens (NYSE: SI), who sponsored the study and research partners AECOM and the Economic Development Research Group (EDRG). The study...

2011-03-09 23:58:00

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year running, Eurail Group G.I.E. was the recipient of the Sustainable Travel Provider 2010 prize. This prestigious label was awarded by the "New European Economy Awards" which recognizes excellence, achievements and best practices in the international finance and commerce milieu. The Eurail Group G.I.E. manages and markets the Eurail Pass on behalf of its member railways and shipping companies. The Group...

2011-02-24 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- President Obama announced in April 2009, and reconfirmed during his recent State of the Union address, his commitment to develop high-speed intercity passenger rail across the United States. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/NY06256LOGO) High-speed rail is a type of passenger rail transport between major cities that operates at substantially faster speeds than current intercity passenger trains in the U.S. It is designed to...

2011-02-21 01:59:00

LONDON, February 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the latest High Speed Rail (HSR) construction contract of EUR7.2 Billion being awarded in July and the EIB recently investing EUR900million into a new HSR project in Spain, it's clear to see that HSR continues to be investment attractive. As such, construction companies need to be prepared in their approach to ensure maximum success in securing potentially lucrative future contracts. EIB Vice-President Magdalena Alvarez underlined the...

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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