Fred Frailey Blog
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    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Late this past week, Washington State, BNSF Railway, and the Federal Railroad Administration finally and at long last resolved all of their differences regarding the $1 billion project to increase Amtrak Cascade frequencies by 50 percent between Seattle...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    You’re tooling westward down U.S. Highway 30, just west of Silver Creek, Neb., on a gorgeous February morning. Beside you, on the Union Pacific double-track main line, is a doublestack container train doing a cool 60 mph. You’ve been pacing...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    My friend Ken asked me the other day, will Texas ever develop high speed trains? Ken is from Texas, obviously. The Texas High-Speed Rail and Transportation Corp. works tirelessly toward its goal. But I immediately answered no. Ken asked why not? Good...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Carrollton, Mo., is not even a wide spot along BNSF Railway’s Transcon, that heavily traveled path between Chicago and California. But you turn off Interstate 70 and go 30 miles out of your way to reach this small community today, for two...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Washington state’s ambitious, $1 billion plan to improve and speed up rail passenger service between Seattle and Portland, Ore., appears dead in the water, in more ways than one. The immediate danger is a move by congressional Republicans...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Move aside, people, or I will miss the train. This year I will qualify for Select Plus status with Amtrak Guest Rewards. There was a time, when I was a hotshot magazine editor, that I could count on business travel by train getting me over the...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    It appears that what President Dwight Eisenhower did for highways more than half a century ago, launching an interstate, limited-access network, President Barack Obama is trying to do for the passenger train. The White House yesterday proposed...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    It’s do-or-die time for President Obama’s high speed rail initiative, which badly needs a lift. Negotiations are stalled with three Class 1 railroads involving projects in North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, according to informed railroad...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Rare as an albino pony is the U.S. passenger train that can recover its fully allocated costs from the farebox. “Fully allocated” means every little expense category is included, over and above the direct operating costs. In the case...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Hey, you people in the Midwest: Did you have enough of the stuff this week? Pretty, wasn't it, when it stormed down upon you? Now comes the hard part. Myself, I have big issues with the fluffy stuff. Snow is exciting to anticipate. You buy ingredients...

February, 2011