He keeps safety on track (News and Observer) (profile of Pat Simmons)

He keeps safety on track (News and Observer)

RALEIGH — Pat Simmons is a bit of a safety nut.

When he rides his red 1986 BMW Airhead motorcycle downtown to the state Highway Building to work or to the Cary depot to catch a train, he’s all about accident prevention.

He wears a padded-fishbowl safety helmet that must […]

May 17th, 2010|

Study: Rush-hour rail could ease commuter crunch (News and Observer)

Study: Rush-hour rail could ease commuter crunch (News and Observer)

RALEIGH A new report predicts a healthy demand by Triangle workers and students for commuter trains that could run every 40 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

The study, released today, says that by 2022 the state-owned N.C. Railroad could serve at least 11,000 riders […]

May 11th, 2010|

With several urban cores and a major research park at the center, how would fixed-guideway transit work? (The TransportPolitic)

With several urban cores and a major research park at the center, how would fixed-guideway transit work? (The TransportPolitic)

North Carolina’s Triangle is known as one of the most economically vibrant areas of the country. Its cities are growing rapidly and their inhabitants, attracted by several prominent universities, are some of the smartest in the country. […]

January 28th, 2010|

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

North Carolina is expected to receive $520 million today as part of $8 billion in federal economic stimulus funds President Barack Obama will distribute in 31 states to start building a national high-speed rail network.

The president touted high-speed rail in Wednesday night’s State of the Union […]

January 28th, 2010|

Western North Carolina train plans take back seat (Asheville Citizen Times)

Western North Carolina train plans take back seat (Asheville Citizen Times)

A long-stalled plan to bring passenger trains to Asheville could inch forward in the next few months, but it lags other rail projects as a top state priority.

Faster train rides through major population centers will stay at the top of state officials’ wish list.

North Carolina […]

November 16th, 2009|

US Railroad Head: Hopeful For January $8 Billion Stimulus Spending (NASDAQ)

US Railroad Head: Hopeful For January $8 Billion Stimulus Spending (NASDAQ)

EVANSTON, Ill. -(Dow Jones)- The Federal Railroad Administration will award $8 billion in stimulus money to develop high-speed-passenger-rail service to various state applicants this winter, “hopefully in January,” Joseph Szabo, administrator of the U.S. railroad oversight agency said following a presentation Monday.

Speaking at a Northwestern University symposium […]

November 4th, 2009|