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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Jan. 22, 2020 9:21 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Leaders in Alabama's port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council's finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama's port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Shares advanced in early Asian trading after a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares higher after selloffs spurred by Chinese virus

Jan. 21, 2020 11:08 PM EST

Shares mostly rose in early Asian trading on Wednesday after a slide in U.S. stocks overnight as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.6% to 24,013.15 and the Kospi in South Korea surged 0.8% to 2,256.95. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 0.8% to 28,216.78. The...

Workers spray antiseptic solution in the arrival lobby amid rising public concerns over the possible spread of a new coronavirus at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Suh Myung-geon/Yonhap via AP)

As virus spreads, anxiety rises in China and overseas

Jan. 21, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — Face masks sold out and officials at airports and train stations checked passengers for fevers as China on Tuesday sought to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush....

Murphy: NJ Transit fares won't rise in next fiscal year

Jan. 21, 2020 11:39 AM EST

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Fares on New Jersey Transit buses and trains won't rise in the next fiscal year, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. At a graduation ceremony for new engineers, Murphy said his proposed budget to go into effect in July will be the third in a row not to raise fares on the state's...

Jersey City acting quickly on parking tax increase

Jan. 21, 2020 10:33 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey community is taking quick steps to raise parking fees for out-of-towners under a law signed recently by Gov. Phil Murphy. Jersey City's council will consider a measure to increase parking fees by 3.5 percent in the next few weeks, Mayor Steven Fulop said Monday. ...

Pigeons fly by the Louvre pyramid as striking employees demonstrate outside the museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris transit strike eases; commuters, tourists relieved

Jan. 20, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters who have battled through six weeks of misery-inducing transport strikes found their smiles again Monday as some subway workers ended their walkouts against a contested overhaul of France's pension system. A weekend announcement by the UNSA union's subway wing of a return to...

Hope is rail line ready in 2021 for new Vermont Amtrak route

Jan. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials said they are hopeful upgrades to the rail line between Rutland and Burlington can be ready sometime next year, which will make it possible to resume Amtrak rail service between the two cities. Officials have been working for years to upgrade the 75...

Amtrak pitches adding Nashville to Atlanta passenger train

Jan. 18, 2020 9:24 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amtrak executives say they want to establish a passenger route from Nashville to Atlanta, with stops including Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga. According to news reports, Tennessee lawmakers heard the pitch from the the federally-owned passenger train corporation during a...

FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo a CSX Transportation locomotive pulls a train of tank cars across a bridge on the Hudson River along the edge of Bear Mountain State Park near Fort Montgomery, N.Y. This year’s scheduled completion of a $15 billion automatic railroad braking system will bolster the industry’s argument for eliminating one of the two crew members in most locomotives. But labor groups argue that single-person crews would make trains more accident prone. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

Jan. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping  during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Chinese president heads to Myanmar for crucial state visit

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar,...