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Death Toll Reaches 25 in Deadly California Train Crash, Human Error Suspected

September 14, 2008 Voice of America 0

LOS ANGELES – Officials of the California commuter rail system Metrolink say Friday’s deadly train crash outside Los Angeles, which killed 25 people and injured 135, was caused by an engineer who failed to stop at a signal. The website of the Metrolink commuter rail system says human error or a signal failure on the part of Metrolink may have played a role in the crash of the commuter train with a freight train operated by the Union Pacific Corporation. A Metrolink spokeswoman was more direct. She said Saturday that a preliminary investigation showed an engineer employed by a Metrolink

At least 17 Dead, up to 135 Injured in Los Angeles Train Collision

September 13, 2008 Voice of America 0

LOS ANGELES — At least 17 people were killed, and as many as 135 people were injured when a crowded commuter train collided with a freight train outside Los Angeles Friday. The rush-hour train was packed with as many as 350 commuters, and was heading northwest from Los Angeles about 4:30 p.m. when it collided with a freight train in the suburb of Chatsworth. One passenger car lay on its side with the train’s engine pushed back inside it. Two other cars remained upright. The freight train’s engine was also turned on its side. Fire Chief Doug Barry said firefighters

Euro-Asian Countries Agree to Improve Transport Links

February 28, 2008 Voice of America 0

GENEVA — Transport Ministers from 19 European and Asian countries have agreed to continue work on developing transport links they say will act as an economic boon to the whole region. The UN Economic Commission for Europe, which hosted the meeting, says the unprecedented economic growth of Euro-Asian region is at risk if the current transport situation is not addressed. The Euro-Asian transport ministers say they hope to reopen the fabled Silk Road that saw merchants and pilgrims travel from China to the Mediterranean Sea centuries ago. According to preliminary estimates, revitalizing this ancient route will take tens, if not,

China Begins Slow Recovery From Snow Disaster

February 6, 2008 Voice of America 0

BEIJING — Roads, railways and air traffic are slowly returning to normal in China, where the worst snowstorms in 50 years have stranded millions of travelers trying to get home for this week’s Lunar New Year holiday. China’s main north-south freeway reopened Monday after weeks of snow and ice storms cut off transport and seriously disrupted supplies of food and fuel during the country’s peak holiday season. Authorities are still warning drivers about possible traffic jams on the Zhuhai-Beijing freeway. They say they need to leave lanes open for emergency vehicles and trucks carrying supplies. More than 10,000 vehicles had

Regular North-South Korean Train Route Opens

December 11, 2007 Voice of America 0

PAJU, South Korea — Regular cargo train service has resumed between the divided Koreas for the first time in more than half a century. South Korea plans to send tons of supplies into North Korea by rail on a daily basis. The 12-car freight train, decorated with multi-colored flowers, pulled up early Tuesday morning here at Dorasan station – its final stop in South Korea before crossing the military demarcation line to North Korea. Its cargo was mainly heavy stones, to be used for repairing the impoverished North’s broken down roads and infrastructure. Lee Chul, president of Korea’s National Railroad,

Two Koreas Say Train Service May Resume ‘By End Of Year’

November 15, 2007 Voice of America 0

SEOUL — North and South Korea have not had regular train service across their heavily armed border in more than half a century — but that may be about to change within weeks. Prime Ministers from the two Koreas say they are finalizing the details to reestablish at least one railway route before the end of the year. Details of the potential North-South Korean rail route emerged during the second of three planned days of talks in Seoul between South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Il. South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Nam-shik

France Braces for Another Major Transportation Strike

November 13, 2007 Voice of America 0

PARIS — France is bracing for its second major transportation strike in a month, beginning Tuesday evening. From Paris, Lisa Bryant reports – although most French do not support the strike – it reflects wider discontent against reforms proposed by the country’s conservative government. The strike is expected to paralyze public transportation service, across the country, and may last until the week’s end. The strikers oppose government plans to scrap special pension benefits for a small percentage of workers. But unions see the walkout also as a way to flex their muscles and many see it as a major test to

Transportation Strike Cripples France

October 18, 2007 Voice of America 0

PARIS — A massive transportation strike has crippled France, as public transportation and other workers took to the streets to protest pension reform plans proposed by the country’s center-right government. The Gare du Nord train station was practically deserted, as loudspeakers informed travelers, in French and English, that the trains they hoped to take would most likely not be running. That included most domestic trains, although some international service was also disrupted. Along with train, bus and metro employees, workers from public utilities joined the strike, and many museums were closed. Some French employees commuted to work by bicycle or

History Comes to Life in South Dakota’s Black Hills

October 10, 2007 Voice of America 0

HILL CITY, S.D. — A ride on Hill City’s 1880s train is always like a step back in time. But during the Western Heritage Festival, the entire town seems to be in a “time-warp” mode with cowboys, miners, a horse-drawn wagon rumbling down Main Street, even a robbery at the local bank! It’s all pretend, of course, but festival director and founder Chris Van Ness says her goal in establishing the annual event was to protect all the stories of the past. “We thought things were changing rapidly in the Black Hills; there was a lot of development and things

Busy New York Commuters Leave Thousands of Items Behind

September 18, 2007 Voice of America 0

NEW YORK — New York City’s metropolitan population of roughly 22 million people is the largest in the United States.   But only about eight million people actually live in the city. Millions of others commute from outlying areas, riding trains into Manhattan each morning, riding them home again each night.  In those journeys, some things get lost. Every day about 10,000 people ride on Metro North Railroads, a suburban and commuter railroad servicing New York City.  And every day, about 100 items are lost. “We get a lot of suitcases, tote bags, backpacks, laptops,” says Mike Nolan. He is in

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