Posts Tagged ‘amtrak’

Government Traintanic Still Insolvent and Unsafe at Any Speed


Tuesday December 19th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:21am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Monday December 18, the Amtrak Cascades 501 headed out on its inaugural trip on a new route in Washington state when it ran off the tracks near DuPont, sending 13 cars into traffic on busy Interstate 5 below. The train carried 86 people and at this writing at least three are dead and…
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Government Rail Remains Insolvent and Unsafe at Any Speed


Tuesday March 28th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PDT   •   1 Comment

Last December, Amtrak train number 527 approached a track switch near Davis, California, where the speed limit was 40 mph. The engineer roared through at 78 mph, jerking the train violently and causing five passengers to suffer injuries. The Federal Railroad Administration let Amtrak conduct its own investigation, and as one passenger told reporters,…
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Stumping for Waste: Amtrak Subsidies Become a Campaign Issue


Wednesday September 12th, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:05am PDT   •   7 Comments

Last year 30 million passengers road Amtrak, which on September 10 announced monthly ridership records for the last 11 months. That should come as no surprise with gasoline above $4 a gallon in much of the country. But Amtrak bosses, doubtless looking for more federal handouts, left out a few realities. Last year Amtrak…
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