June 21, 1993 |
LONDON A TRAIN TESTS CHANNEL TUNNEL The high-speed rail link between London and Paris took a symbolic step forward yesterday when a test train passed slowly through the Channel Tunnel from France to England. The seven-coach train, about half the size of those that will run on the service, took two hours for the journey from Calais, France to Folkestone, England. That leg of the Paris-London journey should take less than a half-hour when passenger service begins at an unspecified date next year.
October 3, 1989 |
The estimated cost of building the English Channel tunnel has jumped to $11.20 billion from $7.80 billion two years ago, the developer said yesterday. The builders and banks for the 31-mile underwater rail link between Britain and France say the price tag is likely to go higher. The project has been hit by inflation, construction delays and the increased cost of components such as rolling stock. Eurotunnel, the Anglo-French consortium that is developing the "Chunnel," said it probably would turn to shareholders and creditor bankers to raise extra money in 1990 or 1991.
June 8, 1994 |
It's not the Jetsons tooling around in spacemobiles, but a vision of Philadelphia transportation, 2002, still has some interesting features. For example, there is a proposed system to send checked luggage from Philadelphia International Airport directly to hotels, while passengers ride SEPTA into Center City. And there is the possibility of 200-m.p.h. Amtrak trains gliding into 30th Street Station. Or even drivers "arriving on I-95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike or the New Jersey Turnpike (finding)
August 24, 2000
One of the most promising aspects of the planned 62-mile commuter rail line between Philadelphia and Berks County is that it could run frequent trains unimpeded by freight rail schedules. The idea behind SEPTA's Schuylkill Valley MetroRail is to run on new track largely on the same right-of-way used by Norfolk Southern freight rail. Laying independent tracks does significantly increase the cost of the project, whose price tag likely will exceed $1.6 billion. SEPTA hopes the federal government will pay 80 percent.
March 20, 2016 |
Ear buds in, Teresa Hite sang, her voice just audible over the growling engine of the bus. Two seats back, Carl Burch, dressed for work in a T-Mobile shirt, reclined and closed his eyes. On a bench behind Burch, Zoe Tanner read Matthew 2:14 from a Bible open on her lap. Each morning they take the Route 125 bus 26 miles from Philadelphia to jobs in King of Prussia. On a good day it's an hour ride. When traffic is bad, it takes much longer. A proposed rail spur to link the city to the commercial hub of King of Prussia could help.
March 6, 2002
The end of U.S. Rep. Robert A. Borski's 20-year career in Congress lengthens the odds that this region will ever build its long-awaited commuter rail link between Philadelphia and Reading. Mr. Borski has been the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee that maps spending for highways and mass transit. From that powerful perch, he has helped ensure that Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia region and SEPTA got at least a fair share of federal highway and transit dollars. Mr. Borski announced this week that, thanks to the way the lines for his district were redrawn last year, he would not seek reelection.
July 11, 1995 |
The Chester County Tourist Bureau will use a $25,000 grant from the state to explore whether a tourist rail line, similar to neighboring Lancaster County's Strasburg Railroad, could link Chester County attractions. The grant from the Department of Commerce will be used to study the feasibility of a rail line that could link the county's six cultural heritage regions, as developed by the Parks and Recreation Department. They range from the Brandywine Battlefield region in the south to the Schuylkill River Valley region in the north.
May 25, 2008 |
The Phoenixville group that wants to establish passenger rail service to connect their town with the Great Valley Corporate Center and Paoli is now also considering whether to expand that proposed route in another direction, into Montgomery County. Citizens for the Train, a committee of the Phoenixville Community Development Corporation, made the decision after a $15,000 assessment by Tom Hickey of Gannett Fleming, a Philadelphia engineering consulting firm, for what is being called the Phoenixville-Main Line Rail Link.
June 6, 1986 |
A transit engineer last night unveiled a $1.1 billion plan for building an advanced train system, using wheel-less vehicles propelled by magnetic energy, in place of the planned conventional rail link between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Geoffrey Coates, president of American Mag-Lev Inc. of Pitman, spoke at a meeting in Haddonfield attended by about 30 residents and officials of Camden County communities. The session was arranged by Haddonfield Mayor John J. Tarditi, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of the existing plan for instituting Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
July 19, 2014
Philadelphia area drivers still waiting for crews to patch winter potholes on major state roads can toot their horns in celebration of one thing: At least those repairs don't depend entirely on Congress getting its act together on transportation funding. After taking their own roundabout route, Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Corbett boosted Pennsylvania gas taxes and other fees last year, which will drive another $2.3 billion a year toward highway, bridge, and transit upkeep. The welcome infusion of funds should go a long way toward repairing thousands of deteriorating bridges before they collapse.