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Egypt fires top railway official after deadly train crashes

Apr. 20, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s transportation minister on Tuesday said he sacked the country’s top railway official, following three train accidents in less than a month that left more than 40 people dead and over 350 injured. The firing of Ashraf Raslan was part of an...

Downeaster returning to pre-COVID-19 schedule

Apr. 19, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority is ready to restore the Amtrak Downeaster's pre-COVID-19 schedule this spring. The Downeaster will add a fifth round trip starting May 3; the train had been operating four round trips since July...

US infrastructure plan spurs talk of Vegas-LA rail service

Apr. 18, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Proposed federal infrastructure funding for rail projects has transportation planners taking another look at a Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas passenger route that Amtrak stopped in 1997 and at a high-speed rail line along the congested Interstate 15 corridor to Victorville,...

Egypt says 11 killed in train crash north of Cairo

Apr. 18, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A passenger train derailed Sunday north of Cairo, killing at least 11 people, Egyptian authorities said. It was the latest of several rail accidents to hit the country in recent years. Four train wagons ran off the railway at the city of Banha in Qalyubia...

Day workers leaving India's cities as virus dries up jobs

Apr. 16, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Migrant workers are piling into rail stations in India's financial capital Mumbai to head back to their home villages now that virus-control measures have dried up work in the hard-hit region. “What do I do now?" asked Ramzan Ali, who'd been...

German airlines, rail company aim to reduce domestic flights

Apr. 15, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's airline industry and main rail company said Thursday they aim to encourage more people to switch from planes to trains for domestic routes, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The German Aviation Association and Deutsche Bahn signed an agreement...

21 killed, 3 injured when bus, truck crash in southern Egypt

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A bus overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt on Tuesday, causing a collision that killed at least 21 people and injured three others, authorities said. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the...

Amtrak seeks partnership in Colorado passenger rail service

Apr. 13, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Amtrak has said it is willing to participate in a partnership to provide and operate passenger railroad service along the Front Range between Pueblo, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as it works to expand operations. Amtrak President Stephen...

Egypt prosecutors find gross negligence behind train crash

Apr. 11, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors said Sunday they found that gross negligence by railway employees was behind a deadly train crash that caused public outcry across the country. Drugs were allegedly also involved. The March 26 crash of two passenger trains in the...

Virus ignites debate on future of Twin Cities commuter train

Apr. 10, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Every weekday, Mugesi Ogongi drives from her home in Monticello to the Northstar train station in Big Lake. Then, she takes the commuter train to Minneapolis, where she works as a mental health professional at M Health Fairview University of...