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    Monday
    Aug162010

    California’s Transbay Transit Center groundbreaking ceremony

    The California High-Speed Rail Authority participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-model Transbay Transit Center. The fully re-designed station, when complete will be the first in the nation to meet the design specifications for a high-speed train system.

    “We are all committed to building a world-class high-speed rail system and this groundbreaking signals another step in the process of making that system a reality. We’re pleased that the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has made the future development of a high-speed rail system a centerpiece of its planning for this multi-model transit center. Projects like these if done right have the potential to truly transform a city and reinvent the way Californians travel – making it faster, cheaper, more convenient and better for the environment,” said Authority Chairman Curt Pringle.

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    Thursday
    Aug052010

    Bombardier, Italian partner in lead to get high-speed train contract.

    MONTREAL - Bombardier and its partner AnsaldoBreda have overtaken their rivals in the race to supply several dozen high-speed trains to Italy's rail service in a deal reputed to be worth about US$1.6 billion.

    The Montreal-based Bombardier says it won't discuss the value of the contract until a final contract is signed with Trenitalia, the government-owned operator of Italy's train system.

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    Tuesday
    Aug032010

    Siemens Posts $1.9 Billion Quarterly Profit

    FRANKFURT — Siemens, an electronics and engineering giant that is a bellwether for the global and German economies, said Thursday that quarterly profit rose 9 percent to 1.44 billion euros, or $1.9 billion, as a weaker euro and strong growth in emerging markets offset declines in Europe.

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    Friday
    Jul302010

    Subway tunnels, not just stations, set to get Wi-Fi, cell signals

    Cell phones may start ringing on subway trains after all.

    When underground subway stations are wired for cellular and Wi-Fi service, the signals won't end at platform edges, an executive involved in the project said.

    That means coverage will extend from station to station - where stops are relatively close to each other and tunnels are wide enough - keeping straphangers plugged in.

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    Friday
    Jul302010

    The Beltway’s Lethal Ride

    There is a chilling warning for the nation’s commuters in the scathing analysis of last year’s collision of two Washington subway trains that killed nine people and left dozens injured. According to the findings of the National Transportation Safety Board, automatic train control circuits had been malfunctioning for years on the region’s sprawling Metro system. The system’s managers were found to be negligent.

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