High speed rail – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ Tue, 01 Jun 2021 12:18:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://pccmph.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png High speed rail – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ 32 32 Pamplin Media Group – Quick-Warner, Wilson: High-speed train accelerates past congestion to bright economic future https://pccmph.com/pamplin-media-group-quick-warner-wilson-high-speed-train-accelerates-past-congestion-to-bright-economic-future/ https://pccmph.com/pamplin-media-group-quick-warner-wilson-high-speed-train-accelerates-past-congestion-to-bright-economic-future/#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://pccmph.com/pamplin-media-group-quick-warner-wilson-high-speed-train-accelerates-past-congestion-to-bright-economic-future/

Brittany Quick-Warner is President and CEO of the Eugene Region Chamber of Commerce. Keith Wilson is President and CEO of TITAN Freight Systems in Portland, and a member of the advisory board of the US High Speed ​​Rail Association.


Keith WilsonSince 1993, congestion in the Portland area has increased by 252%, with the average resident now spending 89 hours a year in traffic. Meanwhile, in the Eugene and Salem areas, the time spent in congestion has increased by more than 150%.

As we get back to normal, it will only get worse. Oh, and it’s bad for business and the climate, too.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

With federal leadership and investment, high-speed rail could reverse our congestion crisis, while creating millions of good jobs and decarbonizing much of our transportation network. Sadly, President Biden’s $ 2 trillion U.S. jobs plan provides just $ 20 billion high-speed rail projects could claim – 1%. Even if the $ 20 billion went to high-speed rail, that wouldn’t be enough to fund one big new line.

Biden’s plan includes hundreds of billions to electrify our cars, fix potholes, and make our bridges safer – all the investments needed. Yet without an equally strong investment in high-speed rail, these investments will exacerbate our congestion problems. Now is the time for Washington DC to move beyond the 1950s approach to transportation planning.

Due to the continued dominance of the fly-and-drive status quo, America is one of the last industrialized countries not to use high-speed rail.

This oversight has led us to endless traffic jams and put our nation at a competitive disadvantage. Meanwhile, China has built 22,000 miles of state-of-the-art high-speed trains over the past 14 years, creating a whole new export industry. By 2028, China is expected to surpass America as the world’s largest economy. That same year, they are expected to operate 40,000 miles of high-speed trains.

The Chinese have understood that the high-speed train offers an exceptional alternative mode of transport. A set of lanes can efficiently transport 20,000 people per hour, the equivalent of a six-lane highway, but at 250 miles per hour, four times the speed of a car, and without congestion, hassle or delays.

Imagine if our transportation system was so quick and easy to navigate that taking a car or plane was a choice, not a necessity. High-speed rail adds balance to the transport mix, reducing pressure on our overcrowded highways and tracks, reducing congestion and delays for the entire network.

The high-speed train has an unmatched safety record. Japan, with the world’s first high-speed rail network, has transported millions of people in 50 years without a single fatality. In comparison, as many as 40,000 Americans are killed each year in traffic accidents on our roads.

Imagine the transformative impact of a high-speed rail line connecting Eugene to Vancouver, British Columbia. A Portland salesperson could prepare for an important customer meeting in Seattle with dedicated wifi and ample workspace, while hovering over the notorious congestion on Interstate 5 and arriving in just an hour.

At a recent high-speed train hearing, Congressman Peter DeFazio said: “If I could count on a train ride of less than two hours and on time from Eugene to Portland, I wouldn’t. Would never take that road again or drive on I-5. ”

The high-speed train would reduce that trip to 35 minutes, eliminating the need for millions of intercity car trips in this corridor each year.

Oregon residents who work in high-priced Eugene or Portland struggling to find accommodation, with a short 15-minute train ride, might find affordable housing options in Albany, Salem and Longview and across dozens of adjacent communities. High-speed rail would reverse decades of divestment in our small towns and rural communities that have been deprived of economic opportunities far from our urban centers.

The Washington State Department of Transportation estimated that the addition of the high-speed train from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. would generate $ 355 billion in additional regional economic activity and, $ 42 billion to be built. , would be the low cost solution to our regional congestion crisis. In contrast, the ministry estimated that adding one lane in each direction of I-5 along that same route would cost $ 108 billion. They also point out that travel times would not be improved.

With these advantages and so many more, we agree with the recent statement by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, “I don’t know why people in other countries should have better train service or more investment. on high-speed trains than Americans. ”

So if you find yourself stuck in traffic on your way home this weekend or in the coming weeks as your life returns to a new normal, there might be a better solution.

Brittany Quick-Warner is President and CEO of the Eugene Region Chamber of Commerce. Keith Wilson is President and CEO of TITAN Freight Systems in Portland, and a member of the advisory board of the US High Speed ​​Rail Association.


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]]> https://pccmph.com/pamplin-media-group-quick-warner-wilson-high-speed-train-accelerates-past-congestion-to-bright-economic-future/feed/ 0 What happened to the planned submarine rail line from China to the United States? https://pccmph.com/what-happened-to-the-planned-submarine-rail-line-from-china-to-the-united-states/ https://pccmph.com/what-happened-to-the-planned-submarine-rail-line-from-china-to-the-united-states/#respond Mon, 31 May 2021 15:41:22 +0000 https://pccmph.com/what-happened-to-the-planned-submarine-rail-line-from-china-to-the-united-states/

Seven years ago a report emerged that China was “in talks” over building a high-speed rail line that would run northeast of Beijing, travel 8,077 miles (13,000 km) through Siberia, then run 124 miles (200 km) under water, crossing the Bering Strait to Alaska.

The ambitious plan – reported by many media at the time – would strengthen China’s impressive high-speed rail network and boost trade between China, Russia, Canada and the United States

Like a night train passing in the distance, however, the rumblings surrounding the project quickly dissipated, and little has been heard of the plan since.

Stuck on tracks: delays for $ 200 billion rail project

At the moment, there do not appear to be any immediate plans to move forward with the rail project, which would extend beyond Alaska and also cross Canada before reaching the United States – the project has been imaginatively dubbed the “China-Russia-Canada-America” line. at the time.

Recent reports could provide an indication of why the project appears to be on hold. According to Morning Message from South China, the plans have been heavily criticized because of their proposed initial budget of $ 200 billion.

Critics pointed out that flights and freighters are a cheaper option for commerce and that their infrastructure is already in place.

Then there is the engineering and logistics side of the problem. The tunnel would be an unprecedented undertaking, about four times the size of today’s longest underwater tunnels – the Channel Tunnel connecting the UK and France, and the Seikan Tunnel connecting Hokkaido and Honshu in Japan, both about 30 miles (about 50 km). km) long.

Could the “China-Russia-Canada-America line” still happen?

There are still indications that the project could possibly go ahead – although relations between the United States and China are likely to improve before that can materialize.

The original 2014 report claimed that China was already advanced in negotiations with Russia – which had been considering a line under the Bering Strait for years – to begin work on the line, with engineers from both countries confident that the project was possible using current technologies.

As IFL Science points out, China approved the world’s first high-speed submarine train in 2018, showing that high-speed rail technology is feasible under the sea. The planned high-speed train project will span 77 km from Ningbo, a port city near Shanghai, on the islands of the Zhousan Archipelago off the east coast. 10 miles of this road will go underwater (16.2 kilometers).

Although the Ningbo-Zhousan line is much smaller than the Channel Tunnel, it will form a kind of test project for submarine maglev rail lines. China will likely turn to a larger project, such as the “China-Russia-Canada-America line”, if the Ningbo-Zhousan line is successful.

Green rail references stimulate massive infrastructure projects

Greener infrastructure projects could give the China-Russia-Canada-America line project the boost it needs, as governments, including those in China and the United States, will likely continue to invest. massively into the rail over the next few years due to its green credentials.

In the United States, for example, rail is responsible for only 2 percent emissions from the transport sector, although it accounts for about 40 percent of the country’s long-haul freight volume.

Many rail innovations, including highly efficient automated rail inspection, also mean that such a project is likely technologically feasible.

While plans for the China-Russia-Canada-America line currently appear to be at a standstill, it is likely that we will one day see a line connecting Siberia and Alaska in some form or another – plans for the tunnel under Channel were delayed for over a hundred years before the tunnel opened in 1994.

There has been no official communication on the project in recent years, which means it may still be in the works. We will be sure to follow up and keep you informed of the latest developments.

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Plan to create a commission on high-speed train heads to the governor https://pccmph.com/plan-to-create-a-commission-on-high-speed-train-heads-to-the-governor/ https://pccmph.com/plan-to-create-a-commission-on-high-speed-train-heads-to-the-governor/#respond Mon, 31 May 2021 00:24:08 +0000 https://pccmph.com/plan-to-create-a-commission-on-high-speed-train-heads-to-the-governor/

Legislation from a suburban lawmaker to create a statewide plan for a high-speed rail system connecting St. Louis and Chicago was passed by State House on Sunday.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic State Representative Marty Moylan of Des Plaines, creates a High Speed ​​Rail Commission, which would deal with projects to build the rail system.

Having already passed the Senate, HB 399 will be sent to Governor JB Pritzker’s office for ratification after passing House 101-14.

The 18-person commission would aim to establish a plan to create a high-speed rail system and “power grid” comprising existing rail lines in Chicago, St. Louis, Rockford, Peoria, Decatur and Moline. The commission would dissolve on January 1, 2027.

Republican Palatine State Representative Thomas Morrison opposed the bill, saying a state-funded bullet train project would be too expensive and have no real demand. Elmhurst Republican Deanna Mazzochi also opposed the legislation, saying it has “superficial appeal” but there is no depth of analysis in the bill.

Geneva Republican Representative Dan Ugaste however backed the bill, saying Illinois should remain “the hub and has spoken in the Midwest and the rest of the nation for rail.”

The 18-person commission would include a representative or appointed person from the governor’s office, Senate and House leaders from both parties, the secretary of transportation, the president of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, the president of Illinois Commerce Commission, the chairman of the Metra board of directors, the mayor of Chicago, a union of railway workers, the Metropolitan Mayors and Managers Association, the Illinois Railroad Association, the University of Illinois, l Illinois Municipal League, a municipal planning organization and the Champaign-Quartier Urbana Mass Transit.

]]> https://pccmph.com/plan-to-create-a-commission-on-high-speed-train-heads-to-the-governor/feed/ 0 Minister says announcement on rail plans, including the possible stop of the Bradford high-speed train, will be made ‘soon’ https://pccmph.com/minister-says-announcement-on-rail-plans-including-the-possible-stop-of-the-bradford-high-speed-train-will-be-made-soon/ https://pccmph.com/minister-says-announcement-on-rail-plans-including-the-possible-stop-of-the-bradford-high-speed-train-will-be-made-soon/#respond Sun, 30 May 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://pccmph.com/minister-says-announcement-on-rail-plans-including-the-possible-stop-of-the-bradford-high-speed-train-will-be-made-soon/ A GOVERNMENT transport minister stopped short of confirming when crucial plans for major Yorkshire rail projects will be made public, insisting it will be ‘soon’.

But he said he saw Bradford as a “really important” part of the plans.

The integrated rail plan – which is expected to include detailed information on the future of the North-South HS2 and East-West Northern Powerhouse Rail projects – was originally planned last year, but was delayed after local elections due to the rules of the purdah.

Railways Minister Andrew Stephenson, who was visiting Leeds station to open its new zero platform, stopped before setting a timetable for the plan’s release.

It follows a government announcement last week that it would inject £ 400million into the country’s rail network, as well as its contribution to the planned White Rose Center and Thorpe Park stations.

Mr. Stephenson said: “The North has been deprived of investment for many years. Today’s announcement will be the first step in a number of truly positive announcements for the region.

Bradford BID chairman backed new station plans for the city

“Today’s announcement is just a down payment before our integrated rail plan, in which we will present our ambitious plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail, the modernization of the Transpennine route and the high-speed train in the northern England.

“We hope to announce the rail decarbonisation plan soon, and the integrated transport plan will come very soon after.

“I very much hope that it will be published without delay. We hope the rail decarbonization plan will be launched first, so hopefully it will be sooner, but the integrated rail plan will certainly follow. I want to make sure that Yorkshire communities have that certainty as to when the investments are going to arrive. ”

The integrated rail plan was put into operation in February 2020 when the Prime Minister announced that the HS2 would go ahead.

The review was put in place to decide how best to carry out Phase 2b of the project alongside NPR and projects such as the upgrade of the Transpennine Highway connecting Leeds, Manchester and York.

But it will also look at how best to cut costs, raising concerns that the Leeds section of HS2 or a high-speed rail station in Bradford could be delayed or downgraded.

On plans for the Northern Powerhouse Rail, Mr Stephenson said he wanted Bradford to be ‘included’ but once again stopped before confirming whether that would mean a station for the city center.

He added: “Bradford is really important to Northern Powerhouse Rail and to the regional economy. I have spoken to the leaders of the North about the importance of Bradford and the need to ensure that Bradford is included in our plans.

“I can’t prejudge the integrated rail plan, but the people of the area recognize the importance of Bradford and I want to make sure we deliver for Bradford.”

When asked if the eastern section of HS2 would extend to Leeds, he said: ‘We are keen to ensure that Yorkshire passengers benefit from high speed rail and do so as soon as possible.

“The railway needs assessment suggests a phased approach to delivery – this is one of the elements under consideration. I am committed to delivering high speed trains to Yorkshire. ”

The investment announced today by the government includes £ 15million to help build two new stations on the outskirts of Leeds – in the center of White Rose between Morley and Cottingley; and Thorpe Park, a promenade station between Leeds and York.

Construction of the two stations will cost £ 55million, with the rest of the costs covered by the Government’s Cities Transformation Fund, Leeds’ Public Transport Investment Program and private contributions.

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High-speed railways: a source of pride for China https://pccmph.com/high-speed-railways-a-source-of-pride-for-china/ https://pccmph.com/high-speed-railways-a-source-of-pride-for-china/#respond Sat, 29 May 2021 09:42:39 +0000 https://pccmph.com/high-speed-railways-a-source-of-pride-for-china/

The train station in Fuzhou City, in the southeast of China’s Fujian Province. / VCG

The train station in Fuzhou City, in the southeast of China’s Fujian Province. / VCG

Editor’s Note: Djoomart Otorbaev is the former Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, a distinguished professor at the Belt and Road School of Peking Normal University and a member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. The article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of CGTN.

On May 27, the US Senate approved a broad set of laws aimed specifically at improving the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology. Congress is deeply concerned that the country is lagging behind in the development of a range of modern technologies in its competition with China. Senators voted to end debate over the $ 250 billion U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) of 2021. The move by lawmakers was a vital addition to an unprecedented 2, $ 3 trillion launched by President Joe Biden in March, which explicitly provides $ 80 billion to improve U.S. rail services.

As global economic competition between the two countries intensifies, investment in transport infrastructure is becoming an area in which Washington seeks to catch up with Beijing. Experts say the allocation of these funds is the government’s biggest investment in rail transport in decades.

President Biden, sometimes referred to as “Amtrak Joe” for his love of train travel, seems to live up to his name. In a meeting with Republican senators on the upcoming infrastructure proposal, he warned that China was ready to “eat our lunch” with infrastructure investments, explicitly highlighting China’s ambitious railways initiatives. great speed.

Let’s try to understand how real America’s ambitions are to get ahead of China in the development of modern high-speed rail transport – especially given Beijing’s latest plans for the development and improvement of its own rail and regional infrastructure.

It’s hard to believe that China didn’t have high-speed rail service just twenty years ago. The country’s first high-speed rail line, the Qinhuangdao-Shenyang Passenger Railway, was built in 1999 and opened for commercial operation in 2003. In 2008, Beijing decided on an unprecedented investment program in the development of these networks of 4 trillion yuan (about 0.64 trillion dollars). ). Many now agree that these measures have become one of the decisive steps to overcome the consequences of the global financial crisis, then to achieve rapid economic growth and accelerate the progress of urbanization.

Over the past decade, domestic enterprises have become global leaders in high-speed train technology and design, thanks to the brilliant talents of Chinese scientists and engineers, amazing learning skills and unprecedented support from their government.

China’s National Railways reported a total of 2.166 billion passenger trips in 2020, down 39.4% from 3.578 billion in 2019, due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nanchang West Station in Nanchang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 5, 2019. / VCG

Nanchang West Railway Station in Nanchang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 5, 2019. / VCG

By the end of 2020, China’s National Railways was serving more than 9,600 high-speed trains per day, including the very first overnight high-speed sleeper services on selected longer routes. 75% of Chinese cities of 500,000 or more inhabitants had direct access to high-speed rail. New technological solutions such as autonomous train control (without driving) and modern signaling and control technologies have been developed and are currently in use.

China’s high-speed railroad construction performance stands out, especially compared to that achieved in other developed countries. In Spain, which ranks second in the world with the most extensive high-speed network in Europe, the total length of high-speed trains is around 3,200 kilometers, or only 8% of the total length of Chinese trains. . The UK currently has only 107 kilometers of rail, adapted to operate at speeds above 250 km per hour.

There is only one high-speed rail route in the United States, the Amtrak Northeast Corridor. The Acela Express reaches a top speed of 150 miles per hour in three zones totaling about 55 miles of the 231 mile segment, with an overall average speed of about 100 miles per hour.

With the highest safety requirements, Chinese scientists and engineers have achieved significant savings on the cost of building high-speed railways. The World Bank estimated in 2019 that currently the average cost of China’s high-speed rail network is $ 17-21 million per km, a third less than the cost of most Western countries. At £ 309million (around $ 377million) per mile, the UK’s high-speed line 2, which is currently under construction, is the most expensive high-speed line in the world.

China has made high-speed rail transport the preferred means of transporting people over long distances. But the emergence of these railways also became the most important social phenomenon, a source of pride for the citizens of the country. Even more visible results await us in the next 15 years.

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$ 160 billion plan to expand bus and rail service puts city leaders in battle with housing density https://pccmph.com/160-billion-plan-to-expand-bus-and-rail-service-puts-city-leaders-in-battle-with-housing-density/ https://pccmph.com/160-billion-plan-to-expand-bus-and-rail-service-puts-city-leaders-in-battle-with-housing-density/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 21:45:06 +0000 https://pccmph.com/160-billion-plan-to-expand-bus-and-rail-service-puts-city-leaders-in-battle-with-housing-density/

Leaders representing Solana Beach, Coronado and other cities in the San Diego area raised concerns Friday over a $ 160 billion plan to expand transit and overhaul the area’s highway system. until 2050.

Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner and others have been hesitant to add dense urban housing around future stations to serve a 200-mile high-speed commuter train between Oceanside and the Tijuana border.

Cities should be allowed to retain their “uniqueness,” Heebner said Friday at a public meeting of the board of directors of the Association of the Government of San Diego, or SANDAG, the transportation planning agency that has drafted the plan.

“Cities are the ones that know each other best,” she said. “We would like to create as many zones as possible close to public transport, but that is not always possible.”

Solana Beach, Coronado, Imperial Beach and Lemon Grove sued SANDAG last year in an attempt to reduce the number of new homes cities are expected to accommodate over the next decade. A San Diego Superior Court dismissed the case in February, saying the government agency’s housing allowance was not subject to judicial review. Towns appealed the decision in April.

Coronado adviser Mike Donovan suggested that approval of SANDAG’s transport plan be put on hold as the legal battle unfolds. The idea was flatly rejected by the 21-member board of directors, the majority of whom support the agency’s vision.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria praised the 30-year plan for its “ingenuity,” especially in comparison to SANDAG’s previous efforts. The agency made a sharp political turn after a change of management in 2018.

“It’s more than a transportation plan,” Gloria said at Friday’s meeting. “It is an opportunity for economic development and job growth.”

The basis for the plan is a roughly $ 80 billion commuter train system that could travel up to 120 miles an hour and include a dozen new stations. Experts generally agree that the success of the rail plan will depend on building new apartments, as well as improving pedestrians and bicycles, close to public transport stops.

SANDAG predicts that its plan would increase the use of public transport among commuters from 3% before the pandemic to around 13% by 2050. The agency also said the number of people driving alone to work will increase. from about 80% to about 62%.

The change would allow the region to meet state-mandated targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing faster transportation for those who cannot afford a car, said officials. responsible for SANDAG.

“I have a 30-year career, and by far this is the proudest moment for me,” Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the agency, said on Friday of the development of the plan.

Public testimony at the hearing overwhelmingly supported the vision, which is largely dominated by environmental groups, social justice activists and labor unions.

Gretchen Newsom, political director of Local 569 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, called the plan a “major achievement.”

The plan also provides more than $ 40 billion to overhaul highways by expanding “managed” lanes that serve buses, ridesharing and paying customers. The system, which is already in use along parts of Interstate 15, would be extended to all major highways in the region.

SANDAG is taking public comment until July 30 on its proposal, with public forums scheduled during the summer. A draft environmental review document will then be released for detailed review and final adoption expected by the board before the end of the year.

However, the $ 160 billion transportation vision currently has no funding and almost certainly depends on securing public approval to raise taxes. A voting measure could be before San Diegans as early as 2022.

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Modernizing existing stations and funding new rail links are critical to Old Oak Common’s success https://pccmph.com/modernizing-existing-stations-and-funding-new-rail-links-are-critical-to-old-oak-commons-success/ https://pccmph.com/modernizing-existing-stations-and-funding-new-rail-links-are-critical-to-old-oak-commons-success/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 03:01:47 +0000 https://pccmph.com/modernizing-existing-stations-and-funding-new-rail-links-are-critical-to-old-oak-commons-success/

Modernizing existing stations and funding new rail links are critical to the success of the Old Oak Common regeneration project, according to Chris Porter, transport planning manager at Transport for London (TfL).

The OPDC is currently moving forward with plans to develop a new neighborhood in West London, including the possibility of creating an urban neighborhood with 25,000 new homes, a wide range of employment opportunities for local people, public spaces and facilities.

At the heart of the development will be the Old Oak Common exchange station, currently under construction by a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra (BBVS). The interchange will connect High Speed ​​2 (HS2) to the Elizabeth Line and provide direct services to Heathrow Airport.

However, speaking at a Westminster Forum event, Porter said the exchange alone would not be enough to fully connect the new neighborhood.

Instead, he said TfL was pushing for upgrades at nearby stations such as Wilsden Junction, North Acton, Harlesden and Park Royal, as well as upgrades to trains on the Bakerloo line to better serve the community.

TfL is also actively seeking funding for its proposed Old Oak Common Lane rail station, Porter said.

The station would be located on the North London Line, between North Acton and Willesden Junction, in the London Overground commuter rail network. It will be located next to Old Oak Common Rail Station.

Porter also supported projects for the West London Orbital Railway which would use existing infrastructure to connect North West and South West London, via the Old Oak Common interchange station.

Porter said without Old Oak Common Lane and West London Orbital, the Old Oak Common regeneration project could not reach its full potential.

Porter said, “Old Oak Common is one of the most exciting developments in the country, but it’s also one of the most frustrating.

“For as much potential as it may be, it also comes with an equal number of challenges. There are many existing infrastructures that pass close to Old Oak Common but are not connected.

“To realize its full potential, we need to find a way to properly integrate existing infrastructure with new developments.”

He added: “There’s no point in building all these houses if residents have to go to central London every time they want to go anywhere.”

Work on the Old Oak common interchange continues to accelerate. As revealed earlier this month, work on the project’s record station box is underway after initial work is completed.

When completed, the station will have 14 platforms in total, with six 450m long high-speed rail platforms located underground in the 850m long station box.

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Stadelman brings Illinois closer to high-speed rail network https://pccmph.com/stadelman-brings-illinois-closer-to-high-speed-rail-network/ https://pccmph.com/stadelman-brings-illinois-closer-to-high-speed-rail-network/#respond Thu, 27 May 2021 20:40:18 +0000 https://pccmph.com/stadelman-brings-illinois-closer-to-high-speed-rail-network/

SPRINGFIELD – A move sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) that would create a commission to help make the state’s network of new and existing high-speed passenger rail lines a reality is going through the Senate.

“Creating a high-speed rail network would provide a fast, safe and reliable way to travel across the state,” Stadelman said.

The measure would create the High Speed ​​Rail Commission to help the state and organizations like the High-Speed ​​Rail Alliance, which produced a plan to create a high-speed rail line from Chicago to St. Louis in the next 10 years, to be coordinated.

“Connecting Rockford to Chicago by rail has always been a top priority for me,” said Stadelman. “Investing in a high-speed rail network would further expand travel options for residents of Rockford and the rest of the state.”

The commission would also be tasked with producing an annual report for the General Assembly on potential plans for a high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis, with connections to the towns of Rockford, Moline, Peoria and Decatur. The ultimate goal is to modernize and integrate all of Illinois’ rail systems into a single, connected high-speed rail network.

Bill 399 has passed the Senate and is now returning to the House for further consideration.

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Future plans for high-speed rail in West Yorkshire to be published ‘soon’, insists Minister of Railways https://pccmph.com/future-plans-for-high-speed-rail-in-west-yorkshire-to-be-published-soon-insists-minister-of-railways/ https://pccmph.com/future-plans-for-high-speed-rail-in-west-yorkshire-to-be-published-soon-insists-minister-of-railways/#respond Wed, 26 May 2021 15:34:38 +0000 https://pccmph.com/future-plans-for-high-speed-rail-in-west-yorkshire-to-be-published-soon-insists-minister-of-railways/

The integrated rail plan – which is expected to include detailed information on the future of the North-South HS2 and East-West Northern Powerhouse Rail projects – was originally planned last year, but was delayed after local elections due to the rules of the purdah.

Railways Minister Andrew Stephenson, who was visiting Leeds station to open its new zero platform, stopped before setting a timetable for the plan’s release.

It follows an announcement government this week that it would inject £ 400million into the country’s rail network, as well as contribute to the planned White Rose Center and Thorpe Park stations.

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Andrew Stephenson visiting Leeds station earlier today.

Andrew Stephenson visiting Leeds station earlier today.

Mr. Stephenson said: “The North has been deprived of investment for many years. Today’s announcement will be the first step in a number of truly positive announcements for the region.

“Today’s announcement is just a down payment before our integrated rail plan, in which we will present our ambitious plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail, the modernization of the Transpennine route and the high-speed train in the northern England.

“We hope to announce the rail decarbonisation plan soon, and the integrated transport plan will come very soon after.

“I sincerely hope that it will be published without delay. We hope that the rail decarbonisation plan will be launched first, so hopefully it will be sooner, but the integrated rail plan will certainly follow. I want to make sure that Yorkshire communities have that certainty as to when the investments are going to arrive. “

The integrated rail plan was put into operation in February 2020 when the Prime Minister announced that the HS2 would go ahead.

The review was put in place to decide how best to carry out Phase 2b of the project alongside NPR and projects such as the upgrade of the Transpennine Highway connecting Leeds, Manchester and York.

But it will also look at how best to cut costs, raising concerns that the Leeds section of HS2 or a high-speed rail station in Bradford could be delayed or downgraded.

On plans for the Northern Powerhouse Rail, Mr Stephenson said he wanted Bradford to be ‘included’ but once again stopped before confirming whether that would mean a station for the city center.

He added: “Bradford is really important to Northern Powerhouse Rail and to the regional economy. I have spoken to the leaders of the North about the importance of Bradford and the need to ensure that Bradford is included in our plans.

“I can’t prejudge the integrated rail plan, but the people of the area recognize the importance of Bradford and I want to make sure we deliver for Bradford.”

When asked if the eastern section of HS2 would extend to Leeds, he said: ‘We are keen to ensure that Yorkshire passengers benefit from high speed rail and do so as soon as possible.

“The railway needs assessment suggests a phased approach to delivery – this is one of the elements under consideration. I am committed to delivering high speed trains to Yorkshire. “

The investment announced today by the government includes £ 15million to help build two new stations on the outskirts of Leeds – in the center of White Rose between Morley and Cottingley; and Thorpe Park, a promenade station between Leeds and York.

Construction of the two stations will cost £ 55million, with the rest of the costs covered by the Government’s Cities Transformation Fund, Leeds’ Public Transport Investment Program and private contributions.

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By Eileen Beaudry

I humbly ask a question of all Californian billionaires: What do you want to be remembered the most? Where will you leave your mark? Have you chosen your heritage?

Why not try a humanitarian one, for its size?

Given your good fortune, you have the means to uplift the lives of millions of people. Or impact the environment. You have the ability to relieve suffering.

Is there a problem or project that you are passionate about and that helps us all thrive: the high speed train, teacher salaries, cancer recovery?

What problem makes your heart sing?

What problem is making your heart sick – so bad that you urgently want to change it?

Many in California are applauding you: “Choose your passion. Focus your impact. “

When it comes to homelessness, for example, we have a success story in Finland that has provided people who become homeless with a stable and permanent home since 2007. It then provides them with the help and support they need: drug addiction, training, education or work, for example.

In the United States, more than 25 states have communities that have ended homelessness and one local community is making great strides. In nine months, Mountain View city leaders and the Menlo Park non-profit organization “LifeMoves” have built 100 halfway houses for homeless people, for just $ 100,000 each, and they’re coming. to open in May. “LifeMoves” now has a proof of concept and a roadmap for replication. Their project also brings secondary benefits: better physical and mental health of those accommodated, their eventual reintegration into the labor market, reduced crime and the costs of police services, and often better access to services.

Let’s look at the statewide. Currently, 161,000 Californians are homeless. Let’s increase that to 200,000 to be careful and use the cost of the Mountain View housing unit. Providing transitional or permanent housing to 200,000 people in tiny $ 100,000 houses would cost $ 20 billion.

I really have to ask you: would you feel a lack if your net worth went from, say, $ 60 billion to $ 40 billion? Could it really be more than a change in number on an asset sheet?

Besides accomplishing the creation of social progress, there are other benefits to building a legacy around your area of ​​passion. Science tells us that we live longer when we volunteer and give to our causes and are rewarded with the “help high” – in your case, the billionaire high.

Why not take a page among others who are members of donor organizations? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet launched the “Giving Pledge” in 2010 based on the “Giving While Living” philosophy. Gates and Buffet are leaders in charitable giving and encourage others to make pledges and donations.

Or start your own organization with a coalition of investors. Start “The World Problem-Solvers Club”. Members could collectively focus on a problem and speed up its resolution at a rate of 1 billion miles per hour – the group could be the SpaceX of Bounty!

Let’s start with “The Philanthropy Academy Awards”, where top donors compete for “the year’s most impactful billionaire”. It could be the same glitzy affair except the acceptance speech is a 10 minute slide show on the results of the winner’s generosity. Here are the winners Californians would love to see: “Mark Zuckerberg, Maverick Entrepreneur spends $ 20 billion of his $ 97 billion on homeless Californians.” Or “Jeff Bezos, Maverick Entrepreneur earns $ 177 billion and donates $ 20 billion for universal preschool education.”

When you give, humanity wins. And you too. Why not achieve the greatest buzz or the greatest satisfaction you can have with your prosperity? The peak of a billionaire, a longer life and the generation of meaningful human progress are not to sneeze.

California encourages you to leave your humanitarian legacy.

Eileen Beaudry is a resident of Santa Cruz. She retired after a 30-year career in local government (largely with the City of San Jose) which ended in the position of Director of Leadership Academies for Mid-Level Government Managers who wanted to take up leadership positions in their cities.

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