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Rust-belt China looks abroad as economy slows, tariffs bite

Aug. 21, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

YINGKOU, China (AP) — From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. Announced in 2012, the Belt and Road Initiative is...

Bicyclist dies after being struck by high-speed train

Aug. 20, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida bicyclist died after being struck by a high-speed train, at least the 15th person killed on that line this year. The Broward Sheriff's Office says in a press release the bicyclist rode in front of a Brightline passenger train Tuesday morning in Pompano Beach. He died at...

Man falls onto tracks after wrong train door opens

Aug. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit is investigating why a train door opened on the wrong side of an outbound train, causing a passenger to fall out of the train. The incident occurred Monday while the train was stopped at Secaucus during the evening commute. NJ Transit says the man who fell suffered...

NJ Transit directed to publish data on train cancellations

Aug. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Rail commuters will soon get a clearer picture of how New Jersey Transit is performing. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday that requires NJ Transit to release monthly data on train cancellations that includes the specific reasons for the disruptions. NJ...

Man struck and killed by commuter rail train

Aug. 19, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) — Transit police say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter rail train in suburban Boston. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police say the approximately 21-year man was struck in Belmont at about 6:20 a.m. Monday by an inbound Fitchburg Line train. Police say the man...

Study: Converting railroad bridge feasible but expensive

Aug. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A study finds that converting a historic North Dakota railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge can be done but it would be expensive. Landscape architecture professors at North Dakota State University looked at repurposing the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge as a footbridge. The Bismarck...

Bodies found at site of China rockslide with 17 missing

Aug. 18, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Teams have begun recovering bodies at a railway repair site in southwestern China where 17 workers were buried by rocks. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that four bodies had been retrieved from the section of the Chengu-Kunming railway in Sichuan province's Ganluo county where...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

Vermont city ponders train storage ahead of Amtrak arrival

Aug. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With Amtrak passenger trains slated to start rolling into Vermont's largest city in as soon as two years, officials are looking for a parking spot. A study commissioned by the Chittenden County Regional Planning that was released earlier this summer puts Burlington's Union Station at...

Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Aug. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting...