High speed rail – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:55:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pccmph.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png High speed rail – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ 32 32 Portugal to launch new high-speed railway https://pccmph.com/portugal-to-launch-new-high-speed-railway/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:55:04 +0000 https://pccmph.com/portugal-to-launch-new-high-speed-railway/

The Portuguese government plans to introduce high-speed trains, a new railway bridge over the Tagus, as well as connecting Lisbon and Porto in three hours by train from Madrid, projects that should be completed by 2050.

According to Portugal News, the national railway plan, which has already been approved by the Council of Ministers, will now be open for public debate, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The plan includes high-speed trains in the ten largest Portuguese cities and rail links in all districts.

Based on the preliminary plan, the new Chelas-Barreiro Bridge will reduce the connection between Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve by at least 30 minutes.

In the meantime, given that currently the journey time between Lisbon and Faro is two hours and 25 minutes – it could now take 30 minutes less if there is interference on the Torre Vã-Tunes section.

“It is a proposal for public debate. Ultimately, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same, and it’s a planning tool that will last through subsequent governments, ensuring it’s not a short-term investment plan or of a financing plan for this investment, but allows us once again to place the importance of the railway at the center of the national debate”, the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing of Portugal Federico Francisco pointed out in this regard.

Among other things, the government is also studying the Lisbon-Algarve high-speed link, with two alternatives, including upgrading the existing line to reduce the journey by around 30 minutes.

With new rails and connections, Portugal aims to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045.

Previously, a report by Airports Council International (ACI Europe) found that the CO₂ benefits of shifting short-haul flights to rail were limited, thus generating other environmental, social and economic costs.

The same pointed out that to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, it has been proposed to shift travel in Europe from air to rail.

As a result, ACI Europe said the change was prompted by massive investment in rail infrastructure, as well as taxes or even bans on short-haul flights in some countries.

Furthermore, in October, an appeal was launched by the Association of 15 Portuguese and Spanish organizations, the Iberian Railway Alliance, for these Spanish and Portuguese countries to improve rail transport between their countries. The Alliance also added that these proposals should be implemented next year.

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GoTriangle seeks $10 million for downtown Raleigh warehouse https://pccmph.com/gotriangle-seeks-10-million-for-downtown-raleigh-warehouse/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:24:09 +0000 https://pccmph.com/gotriangle-seeks-10-million-for-downtown-raleigh-warehouse/

The view of downtown Raleigh from the North Hills.

The view of downtown Raleigh from the North Hills.

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More than 15 years ago, people planning a commuter rail system for the Triangle thought the site of a former warehouse in downtown Raleigh would be a good place for a station for state workers. .

This version of the commuter rail never happened, and now GoTriangle, the regional transit agency, is putting the property on the market, with a minimum asking price of $10.13 million.

The one-story building dates back to the 1930s and was used as a tire repair shop just before the Triangle Transit Authority purchased it in 2005. The property comprises nearly an acre on West Lane Street between the State Government Complex and the Glenwood South entertainment. neighborhood, and is just south of the office and apartment towers of the new Smoky Hollow complex.

“The neighborhood has converted to taller towers and condos,” said Charles Lattuca, president and CEO of GoTriangle. “So having a warehouse across the street, it needs to be revamped.”

GoTriangle is again planning a commuter rail system, but it would follow the NC Railroad corridor between Garner and Durham and not use the tracks next to the warehouse property. The agency stores bus shelters in part of the warehouse.

The federal and state governments helped buy the property when the TTA, the agency that preceded GoTriangle, thought it would be needed for a commuter rail station. They will each receive a share of the proceeds from any sale.

Nearly 60% would go to the Federal Transit Administration, while the North Carolina Department of Transportation would get 13.6%, said Gary Tober, GoTriangle’s director of real estate and facilities. GoTriangle’s share is 30.7%, or about $3 million if the agency gets the minimum asking price.

The commuter rail system that TTA planned ultimately failed to gain federal support or funding and was abandoned in 2006. During planning, Lattuca said, the agency acquired parcels of land along a six-mile stretch of the CSX rail line from downtown to the north. Raleigh.

Most of this property is unusable except for expanding the rail corridor. Lattuca said this could be helpful to the NCDOT as it plans high-speed passenger trains between Raleigh and Richmond in the coming years.

The largest property the TTA purchased downtown is now transformed into retail and residential towers in the Warehouse District. Union West, as the project is called, will also include a bus depot for GoTriangle and GoRaleigh buses next to the city’s railroad station, Raleigh Union Station.

The TTA also owns a third of an acre on North Harrington Street, opposite the warehouse. Tober said the NCDOT may want to use the land for the high-speed rail project. He said GoTriangle had started talking about a potential deal with the state that would give him 10.6 acres of landlocked NCDOT land near Interstate 540, which would allow him to expand his bus maintenance garage. .

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Richard Stradling covers transport for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, as well as ferries, bicycles, scooters and simply on foot. Also, hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak. He was a journalist or editor for 35 years, the last 23 of them at the N&O. 919-829-4739, rstradling@newsobserver.com.

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Union Station in line for a $10 billion facelift, but questions remain https://pccmph.com/union-station-in-line-for-a-10-billion-facelift-but-questions-remain/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:10:46 +0000 https://pccmph.com/union-station-in-line-for-a-10-billion-facelift-but-questions-remain/

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Union Station is in line for its first major facelift in more than three decades, an investment that railroad and city officials say will help move more passenger trains through the busy Northeast Corridor while modernizing a vital gateway to the nation’s capital.

Plans for the 115-year-old railway center include updated concourses and tracks, more retail options, a new train concourse, and modern parking and bus facilities. The proposed expansion, of at least $10 billion in private and public spending, calls for a transformation of the nation’s second-busiest intercity rail hub by 2040.

The improvements would be the first since a $160 million restoration was completed in the late 1980s, when Union Station reopened as a train stop and 110-store mall to become a shopping destination. and restoration on Capitol Hill. That vibrancy has dissipated, leaving a station that some DC officials, neighbors and passengers describe as outdated, unwelcoming and unsafe.

“There’s no reason to go indoors if you’re not trying to catch a train,” said DC Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). said.

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The Federal Railroad Administration released images of station plans this summer that show a spacious, bright atrium with large skylights and high ceilings. The station’s iconic main concourse – with its 96-foot-high ceilings lined with 23-karat gold – will be preserved. But a large part of the adjoining spaces will be redone to add larger rail platforms, a new bus terminal and updated concourses lined with shops and restaurants and with better access to metro, buses, taxis, ride-sharing services, trams and parking.

“Upgrading the station would expand existing transit systems, meeting ridership needs, contributing to economic growth and positioning the historic station as a premier multimodal transportation hub in the future,” said the Federal Railroad Administration, owner of Union Station, in a statement.

Although plans call for station upgrades to be completed in about 18 years, much of the timeline is unclear. The project’s federal environmental review, which began in 2015, is at least three years behind schedule. No funding has been secured for the renovation, according to the FRA, and such an expensive project, it said, “will require financial partners willing to invest”.

The FRA, which is leading the environmental review of the project, suspended the process for nearly two years to revise the plan and address concerns from federal planners, the city and residents that it was too car-centric. A revised plan unveiled this summer eliminated a six-story garage and moved parking and drop-off areas to an underground facility, which officials say will improve traffic flow around the station. Changes are likely to increase the cost of the project.

The FRA is expected to complete the review — a requirement to move the proposed redesign to construction — by the end of 2023. Once the federal approval process is complete, a thorough design phase is expected to take several years, officials said. project, eventually followed by more than a decade of construction.

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The revised plan includes a major reconfiguration of the bus station to align with a new train hall. The decision to move the underground parking lot frees up space that would be used to create a park and plazas. Directing some of the pickup and drop-off traffic below ground will help ease congestion off Columbus Circle. Additional pick-up space is provided at ground level next to H NE Street.

The project was proposed by Amtrak and Union Station Redevelopment Corp., which manages and operates Union Station under a long-term lease from the FRA. Plans call for a redesign of Amtrak’s second-busiest railroad station — after Penn Station in New York City — where many facilities date back to when DC Station opened in 1907.

The renovation would also triple passenger capacity and transform the station into a hub for high-speed rail. Project documents completed before the pandemic indicated that existing platforms and holding areas were at or above capacity.

Pedestrian traffic and train operations at the station have been reduced during the pandemic. Prior to 2020, Union Station had approximately 40 million visitors each year and was served by 85–90 intercity Amtrak trains per day. It is also the busiest public transit hub in the Washington area, connecting Amtrak, Metro, Virginia Railway Express, Maryland MARC commuter trains, and intercity and local buses.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said the railroad is “working with public and private partners to explore all available funding opportunities for the project” and continues to work with the USRC and FRA. Earlier this year, Amtrak launched a legal campaign to take back lease rights held by Union Station Investco to the station, a move that some local and transportation officials say could help redevelopment efforts.

Amtrak takes control of Union Station

The project would allow separate private development in the airspace above the railway tracks. Developer Akridge plans to add up to a dozen buildings – with a mix of residential, office, hotel and cultural uses – along 15 acres of air rights it owns north of Union Station at K Street NE. The estimated $3 billion project, known as Burnham Place, depends on the redevelopment of the station.

The proposed expansion ranks among the top contenders in the Northeast Corridor for federal infrastructure money thanks to legislation President Biden signed last year. About $66 billion is earmarked for rail over five years, while the project could also use millions of additional dollars available for transit and other infrastructure projects.

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) earlier this year stood inside the station to say the city was ready to work with the federal government, Amtrak and the USRC to get part of this funding for the redevelopment.

“The potential for this site is huge,” Bowser said. at the time.

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