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emmett draws line from harvey to rail tracks along i-10


photo: elizabeth conley, staff image 1of/23captioncloseimage 1 of 23harris county judge ed emmett delivers his state of the county address at nrg convention center on nov. 28, 2017 in houston, texas. emmett raised eyebrows after advocating converting the abandoned katy rail line to commuter rail. lessharris county judge ed emmett delivers his state of the county address at nrg convention center on nov. 28, 2017 in houston, texas. emmett raised eyebrows after advocating converting the abandoned katy rail ... more photo: elizabeth conley, staff image 2 of 23a 1972 map of proposed rail lines shows houston really lucked out when it comes to alternate commuting options for its traffic-beleaguered residents. we've compiled a then-and-now gallery of those ideas and the reality some 40 ye...






county judge ed emmett to unveil ideas to reduce threat of future disasters


photo: bob levey, stringer image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1harris county ed emmett, right, on thursday will announce 15 recommendations to prepare for a storm like hurricane harvey. (photo by bob levey/getty images)harris county ed emmett, right, on thursday will announce 15 recommendations to prepare for a storm like hurricane harvey. (photo by bob levey/getty images) photo: bob levey, stringer county judge ed emmett to unveil ideas to reduce threat of future disasters1 / 1back to galleryharris county judge ed emmett plans to announce on wednesday afternoon a series of recommendations to prepare for major storms like hurricane harvey.emmett will release 15 recommendations, according to a news release from emmett's office."only two months after one of the most catas...






ed emmett suffered minor stroke before hurricane harvey hit


photo: craig moseley image 1of/2captioncloseimage 1 of 2harris county judge ed emmett says that if his stroke had occurred at home, he probably would not have gone to the hospital to seek treatment.harris county judge ed emmett says that if his stroke had occurred at home, he probably would not have gone to the hospital to seek treatment. photo: craig moseley image 2 of 2harris county judge ed emmett worked long hours and slept little in the aftermath of hurricane harvey, and he revealed wednesday that he'd had a stroke just days before the storm hit. he said he's experienced no adverse effects and plans to run for re-election. story on page a5. lessharris county judge ed emmett worked long hours and slept little in the aftermath of hurricane harvey, and he reveale...






gungahlin's first light rail test tracks laid


up to 150 metres of test tracks have been laid for stage one of canberra's light rail, with the first real tracks to be set down in mid-september.for the past month, workers have been testing how the epoxy compound that encases the tracks performed in real-world conditions at the intersection of nullarbor avenue and flemington road in franklin.  the test track slabs for the light rail have been laid. from left, mark jones deputy project director, and glenn stockton canberra metro ceo, next to the epoxy compound that encases the rail to both secure the rail in the track slot and as part of the stray current management system. photo: jamila toderasthe epoxy compound both secures the rail in the track slot and helps to manage stray currents.leakage of currents in the gold coast's...






may 23: train tunnels, hospital heroes and mr. & mrs met


take the lincoln tunnel to penn bayonne: with all of the problems commuting between new york city and new jersey via rail, and talk of a new rail tunnel, how about this thought: take the south tube of the lincoln tunnel and install light rail tracks in the roadbed, as well as in the road in manhattan to penn station. the hudson-bergen light rail tracks are just a stone’s throw away from the tunnel entrance in new jersey. a transfer point can be installed there. by installing tracks in the roadbed, the tunnel can also be used for commuter traffic in off-peak times. this will also take pressure off the two rail tunnels, now in poor condition, under the hudson river, and relieve midtown congestion. fewer autos during peak commuter time would also help clean up the environment....






man screamed ‘i want to die’ before harlem station electrocution


a man electrocuted at a harlem subway station desperately wanted to die and laid on the tracks before the fatal contact with the third rail, police sources said friday. “i want to die!” witnesses heard the 30-year-old man scream repeatedly before he jumped on the uptown 4 train tracks at the 125th st./lexington ave. station about 7:30 p.m. thursday. he then laid on the tracks, his arms crossed on his chest, before deliberately touching the third rail, horrified witnesses said. "man just electrocuted himself on @mta third rail at 125th and lex - this is insane," commuter juan restreppo tweeted thursday. "operator was frantically asking to have power turned off."man electrocuted by third rail in harlem subway station the unhinged straphanger died at the scene, of...






service delayed to greenbelt after intruder spotted on tracks


metro told riders early monday to expect delays on rail service to greenbelt, in connection with the presence of an unauthorized person on the tracks. in a service alert posted around 1 a.m. metro told green line passengers that the intruder on the tracks was reported near the archives station. it was not clear when the unauthorized person was detected, or what the person was doing on the tracks.normally the last train to greenbelt is scheduled to arrive about 12:40 a.m.






ed emmett outlines 15 proposals to improve regional flood control


photo: elizabeth conley/houston chronicle image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1harris county judge ed emmett talks on the phone in his office on thursday, august 31, 2017, days after hurricane harvey came ashore in texas. ( elizabeth conley / houston chronicle )harris county judge ed emmett talks on the phone in his office on thursday, august 31, 2017, days after hurricane harvey came ashore in texas. ( elizabeth conley / houston chronicle ) photo: elizabeth conley/houston chronicle ed emmett outlines 15 proposals to improve regional flood control1 / 1back to galleryharris county judge ed emmett on wednesday afternoon outlined 15 proposals to revamp the houston area's flood control system, citing an urgent need for a "comprehensive plan to redefine harris county and the ...






train services resume partially on dhanbad-chandrapura line


written by prashant pandey | ranchi | published:november 11, 2017 4:33 am the dhanbad-chandrapura line was partially opened for passenger trains on friday (representational image)top newsnearly five months after the tracks were completely closed to rail traffic, the dhanbad-chandrapura line was partially opened for passenger trains on friday, bringing relief to the local population. the nearly 42-km line was closed on june 15 after it was found that the stretch had become dangerous for rail movement, owing to underground coal fire in dhanbad.local residents had protested when the rail movement came to a halt. they had also requested authorities to make alternative arrangements.railway officials said the matter was reviewed at the top level and it was subsequently decided that some...






a train operator may have seen stray rail that caused crash


when mta operator sean james climbed out of his derailed train, he soon spotted a stray rail lying loose across a nearby set of tracks. “that rail didn’t belong there,” james told the daily news. “i don’t want to speculate how it got there. i can only say what i saw — and there was no reason for that rail to be over there.” it was unclear if the steel piece was involved in the wednesday morning rush hour commuter nightmare, although the metropolitan transportation authority has said a loose rail stored near the track was responsible. “i can’t say that the rail was that rail,” james said friday. “i can say that it’s just an accident that shouldn’t have occurred.”cuomo announces $1 billion infusion of state funds to repair mta the 10-year mta ...






harvey begins to push out of houston as curfew set and new shelter opens


as tropical storm harvey pushes out of the houston region, residents were left to deal with the aftermath of ruined homes, submerged cars, overflowing bayous and underwater neighborhoods. hordes of new shelters began to open up across the city as more residents were ordered to evacuate from their flooded homes. harris county judge ed emmett confirmed tuesday evening that nrg center will provide the next major shelter for area residents affected by hurricane harvey."seldom am i just completely blown away," emmett said at a news conference, describing how officials and volunteers have set up everything for the shelter, including a pet area and a kids' play area.the shelter opened at 10 p.m., the county judge said. it will have capacity for 10,000 people. volunteer will be welcomed at 6...






act government says light rail on schedule for 2018 as first tracks laid in fran


the first light rail tracks have been laid in franklin as the government remains confident the first stage of the project is on schedule to be operating by late 2018.chief minister andrew barr and transport minister meegan fitzsimmons were on-site at flemington road where the first tracks were being put in. the first tracks in canberra's light rail project have been laid in franklin.  photo: dion georgopoulosmr barr said the milestone in the territory's largest ever infrastructure project was a message to the sceptics who said it would never occur."we're keen to demonstrate there is considerable progress being made on the construction side," he said. the project is on track to be completed by late 2018.  photo: dion georgopoulos"we are the fastest growing state or ...






why new york’s high line is the perfect source of gardening inspiration


in what may be one of the most successful adaptive-reuse projects in history, new york’s high line is a compelling shrine to the postindustrial life of a great city.some might say too successful: the former elevated rail line on manhattan’s west side draws close to 5 million visitors a year and is a catalyst in chelsea’s long — and to those who remember the district’s bohemian flavor, not entirely welcome — gentrification.at its core, however, the high line today is a linear park through its own narrow garden. the first of three sections opened in 2009, the last almost three years ago. its southern point begins next to the new whitney museum of american art, and it snakes its way north until it forms a loop that wraps around a rail yard close to the river. above this cluster of...






amtrak planning more penn station track repairs


amtrak will hit the tracks at penn station once again bringing changes to long island rail road and nj transit services as it makes repairs beginning in january. it won’t be as dramatic as this year’s “summer of hell” — when amtrak repaired a swath of tracks at penn station during rush hour in july and august. but the federal rail agency will need to fully reconstruct three tracks the lirr uses — tracks 15, 18 and 19 — one at a time. lirr president patrick nowakowski said monday that the agency is not ready to say how service will change. “it will be much more than we experienced this fall, it will not be as much as we experienced last summer,” nowakowski said.penn station commuters may face more service outages amtrak will close the tracks at differe...






girl crosses tracks, hit by train but emerges with minor bruises


she was pulled out from under the train and got away with just some minor bruisesmumbaia 19-year-old girl who fell under a moving train and miraculously escaped death at platform no. 7 of kurla station has urged rail commuters to not wear earphones when alighting or boarding trains or waiting at platforms and more importantly not to cross rail tracks.pratiksha natekar’s brush with death on may 13 was captured by the cctv camera installed at the station and shows her crossing the rail tracks with earphones, oblivious to the sound of an oncoming train.she sees the train only when it is approaching near and gets into a panic, first running to the platform to jump on it, then running towards the train and then turns around covering her face, even as bystanders can be seen stretching out thei..






railway minister suresh prabhu launches final survey work for leh rail line


by: pti | new delhi | updated: june 28, 2017 2:05 am union railway minister suresh prabhu (files)related newskicking off the final location survey of the 498-km long bilaspur-manali-leh line, railway minister suresh prabhu on tuesday laid the foundation stone for the survey of the strategically vital rail project at leh in ladakh. coming up at a high of 3,300 metres, the rail line is touted to be one of the highest railway tracks in the world.in order to connect leh with a broad-gauge railway line with the rest of the country, the railways has taken up the final location survey, a precursor to actual construction from bilaspur to leh through manali. the work has been entrusted to rites, a railways psu, and is planned to be completed by march 2019 with an approximate cost of rs 157 cro...






first round of grants disbursed from harvey relief fund


photo: bob levey, stringer image 1of/38captioncloseimage 1 of 38houston mayor sylvester turner and harris county judge ed emmett, shown at a sept. 10 texans game, announced the first awards from the hurricane harvey relief fund on tuesday, oct. 3, 2017.see photos from some of the other more notable harvey relief efforts. lesshouston mayor sylvester turner and harris county judge ed emmett, shown at a sept. 10 texans game, announced the first awards from the hurricane harvey relief fund on tuesday, oct. 3, 2017. see photos from some ... more photo: bob levey, stringer image 2 of 38friday night's "harvey can't mess with texas" benefit and televised broadcast at the frank erwin center in austin featured a star-studded lineup of texas musicians and their famous friends,...






2 injured in italy when small plane crashes on train tracks


milan –  italian news agency ansa says that a small tourist plane has crashed into train tracks in rome, injuring the two people on board.ansa said the plane crashed as it was making a landing, ending up on a high-speed rail line and blocking train traffic. the cause wasn't immediately known. an official said that two trains that were nearby were able to stop in time.the italian state railway said the crash didn't damage the line and that traffic would be able to resume normally once the aircraft is removed.the railway said that in the meantime, traffic was being diverted to other tracks, creating delays of up to an hour.






ask clay: the harvey houses and harvey girls are mostly just history today


harvey houses once welcomed rail travelers across the country.         






every eight days someone dies on victoria's rail network


every eight days someone dies on victoria's rail network, the highest rate of rail deaths in the country.retired train driver and guard barry* says the constant carnage on the tracks can make going to work feel like a war zone. experts say fencing and screen doors would save lives on victoria's train network. photo: eddie jimover his 35-year-long career, barry had at least 70 "near misses" - moments when he nearly struck a person on the tracks.and then there was the schoolboy. victoria has 168 level crossings. photo: eddie jimbarry remembers the boy's body under a tarpaulin. spurred by the excitement of seeing his girlfriend across a level crossing in melbourne's north, the boy had scampered across the tracks, blind to a fast-moving train headed towards him.it happened more...






every eight days someone dies on victoria's rail network


every eight days someone dies on victoria's rail network, the highest rate of rail deaths in the country.retired train driver and guard barry* says the constant carnage on the tracks can make going to work feel like a war zone. experts say fencing and screen doors would save lives on victoria's train network. photo: eddie jimover his 35-year-long career, barry had at least 70 "near misses" - moments when he nearly struck a person on the tracks.and then there was the schoolboy. victoria has 168 level crossings. photo: eddie jimbarry remembers the boy's body under a tarpaulin. spurred by the excitement of seeing his girlfriend across a level crossing in melbourne's north, the boy had scampered across the tracks, blind to a fast-moving train headed towards him.it happened more...






bicyclist struck by metro train near nrg stadium taken to surgery


a bicyclist was struck by a red line train near nrg stadium on sunday evening - the second cyclist hit by a metro train in three days.the man, who has not been identified, was hospitalized with internal injuries, according to metro spokesman jerome gray. he was taken into surgery sunday night.the man was riding eastbound in the westbound lanes of the loop 610 frontage road when he turned into a northbound train about 6 p.m., gray said.rail service was delayed about 22 minutes.the area along the light rail tracks at loop 610 has been a troublesome area for police and rail safety. panhandlers and others often congregate near the area, and a handful have been hit in the past three years.on friday morning, rice university professor marjorie corcoran died after she was struck by a metro light r






bicyclist dies after being struck by metro train near nrg stadium


a bicyclist has died after being struck by a red line train near nrg stadium on sunday evening - the second cyclist hit by a metro train in three days.the man, who has not been identified, was initially hospitalized with internal injuries, according to metro spokesman jerome gray. he was taken into surgery sunday night.the man was riding eastbound in the westbound lanes of the loop 610 frontage road when he turned into a northbound train about 6 p.m., gray said.rail service was delayed about 22 minutes.the area along the light rail tracks at loop 610 has been a troublesome area for police and rail safety. panhandlers and others often congregate near the area, and a handful have been hit in the past three years.on friday morning, rice university professor marjorie corcoran died after she wa






officials to announce recipients of harvey relief fund


photo: bob levey, stringer image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1houston mayor sylvester turner, left, and harris county judge ed emmett watch from the sidelines before the houston texans played the jacksonville jaguars at nrg stadium on sept. 10. (photo by bob levey/getty images) lesshouston mayor sylvester turner, left, and harris county judge ed emmett watch from the sidelines before the houston texans played the jacksonville jaguars at nrg stadium on sept. 10. (photo by bob levey/getty ... more photo: bob levey, stringer officials to announce recipients of harvey relief fund1 / 1back to galleryharris county judge ed emmett and houston mayor sylvester turner will announce the first recipients of aid from the harvey relief fund tuesday morning.the grants will be the first...






metro video shows teen's scary near-miss on the rail line


photo: metro houston image 1of/13captioncloseimage 1 of 13this week the folks over at metro houston released a video of an incident along the metro rail line that could have turned out very badly. the clip shows two adolescents crossing the rail line during the busy afternoon rush and barely missing getting hit.click through to see images from life on houston's metro rail line...  lessthis week the folks over at metro houston released a video of an incident along the metro rail line that could have turned out very badly. the clip shows two adolescents crossing the rail line during the busy ... more photo: metro houston image 2 of 13adrian dean, left, 11, ariel dean, 3, nathan dean, 5, leonidas dean, 6 and lorenzo dean, right, 8, ride the green line metro on opening day...






bicyclist dies after being struck by metro train near nrg stadium


a bicyclist has died after being struck by a red line train near nrg stadium on sunday evening - the second cyclist hit by a metro train in three days.the man, who has not been identified, was initially hospitalized with internal injuries, according to metro spokesman jerome gray. he was taken into surgery sunday night and p ed away sometime during the night, gray said monday morning.the man was riding eastbound in the westbound lanes of the loop 610 frontage road when he turned into a northbound train about 6 p.m., gray said.rail service was delayed about 22 minutes.the area along the light rail tracks at loop 610 has been a troublesome area for police and rail safety. panhandlers and others often congregate near the area, and a handful have been hit in the past three years.on friday morn






the slow, slow work to speed up the canberra-sydney heavy rail line


in october 2016, i wrote about the canberra-sydney rail link, comparing it with the much better rail services in some third world countries, and suggesting a way to get the travel time down significantly without spending a lot of money on high-speed rail.you may be interested to know whether anything came of it. a leading rail business is exploring ways to cut the canberra-sydney trip to two hours. photo: graham tidyafter i wrote the article, i had many responses from canberra times readers, some of whom were involved professionally in past australian rail studies, and others who were just interested in improving the canberra-sydney service because they preferred to travel by train.there is now an interest group committed to improving the canberra-sydney line in the short term (prefer...






the slow, slow work to speed up the canberra-sydney heavy rail line


in october 2016, i wrote about the canberra-sydney rail link, comparing it with the much better rail services in some third world countries, and suggesting a way to get the travel time down significantly without spending a lot of money on high-speed rail.you may be interested to know whether anything came of it. a leading rail business is exploring ways to cut the canberra-sydney trip to two hours. photo: graham tidyafter i wrote the article, i had many responses from canberra times readers, some of whom were involved professionally in past australian rail studies, and others who were just interested in improving the canberra-sydney service because they preferred to travel by train.there is now an interest group committed to improving the canberra-sydney line in the short term (prefer...






loose rail causes harlem train derailment, 'human error' blamed


a loose piece of rail sent part of a packed subway train jumping from the tracks and careening into a wall in harlem on tuesday — forcing hundreds to crawl out into the tunnel to safety and crippling service citywide.  thirty-four straphangers were treated for minor injuries — among them a little baby — after two cars of the brooklyn-bound a train struck a piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks outside the 125th st. station about 9:45 a.m., authorities said. “the train was peeled open like a can opener,” said paul navarro, track division chairman for the transport workers union, after visiting the accident site. straphangers described a harrowing scene as the train came to a screeching halt, sending sparks flying into the air and smoke pouring i...






emmett candid on storm response


photo: billy smith ii image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1houston chronicle columnist lisa falkenberg, june 2015, in houston tx. (billy smith ii/ houston chronicle)houston chronicle columnist lisa falkenberg, june 2015, in houston tx. (billy smith ii/ houston chronicle) photo: billy smith ii emmett candid on storm response1 / 1back to galleryanybody still blaming harris county judge ed emmett and other officials for not ordering a mass evacuation of millions in the days before harvey made landfall is either overcome with emotion or ignorance. the emotional response is forgivable. if i'd lost my house, my car, and had to wait hours for somebody to pluck me from my rooftop, i may be tempted to blame somebody, too.but the loudest critics aren't the victims. they're people...






modi government set to end sail's 'steel' monopoly in rail tracks, eyes private


new delhi: indian railways is considering ending state-owned steel authority of india ltd's (sail) virtual monopoly on supplying steel for standard rail tracks, opening up annual purchases worth up to $700 million to the private sector, people close to the matter told reuters. the vast state rail operator is undergoing a $130 billion, five-year overhaul to modernise the world's fourth-largest network, which is blighted by ageing track and saturated capacity. the government has also launched a $15 billion fund to improve rail safety. train accidents due to track defects have risen 25 percent in the last two years, the railway ministry told parliament last week. in the current fiscal year, sail is set to fall around 250,000 tonnes of rails short of its 850,000 tonne target, according to th..






second round of harvey grants paid out to aid groups


photo: bob levey, stringer image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1houston mayor sylvester turner, left, and harris county judge ed emmett watch from the sidelines before the houston texans played the jacksonville jaguars at nrg stadium on sept. 10. (photo by bob levey/getty images) lesshouston mayor sylvester turner, left, and harris county judge ed emmett watch from the sidelines before the houston texans played the jacksonville jaguars at nrg stadium on sept. 10. (photo by bob levey/getty ... more photo: bob levey, stringer second round of harvey grants paid out to aid groups1 / 1back to galleryroughly a month after the first grants from the region’s main hurricane harvey recovery fund were disbursed to area nonprofits aiding flood victims, city and county leaders announced a sec...






mta employees save cat on tracks


after at least two weeks of playing cat and mouse with mta employees at a brooklyn subway station, this lucky kitty was outsmarted by a quick-witted subway worker.the cat — who had been roaming around the prospect park station darting across the q and s line tracks, dodging rescuers, and getting dangerously close to the third rail — was finally trapped friday.the feline had become a familiar sight to passengers using the station and one of them posted a picture of the grey and white feline on social media.workers said they had spotted the cat roaming around the tracks since early november.after the kitty was captured by maintenance supervisor tom doerbecker, it was taken to rescuer sean casey’s no kill shelter in brooklyn.in 2013, cat rescues on the subway became a political issue af...






here’s a look at some of the $6 million in artwork that could be in purple line


this proposal for art at the planned new carrollton purple line station is one of many proposals that the maryland transit administration is considering for the light-rail line’s 21 stations. (courtesy of purple line transit partners)the purple line remains stalled in a federal lawsuit and construction funding is uncertain, but project officials are moving ahead to choose artwork for the 21 light-rail stations.the art, which is common for newer rail projects, is designed to make the stations unique and reflect the character of their surrounding communities. the budget for artwork for the 16-mile line between montgomery and prince george’s counties is $6 million of the project’s $2-billion construction budget.you can see all the art proposals and comment on them here.here are some of...






seq rail commuters will double in 10 years: government figures


the number of rail passengers in south-east queensland will more than double in 10 years, new figures within the palaszczuk government's latest cross river rail study shows.the massive increase is triggered by the opening of the new moreton bay rail link, inner-city jobs growth, the connection of the gold coast light rail to the main brisbane-gold coast rail line in 2018, greater access and extra passengers on queensland's 75 new trains. artists impression of a prosed new entrance to roma street station for the yet-to-be funded cross river rail mark 3. photo: suppliedthe figures on page 20 of the report which was quietly released on sunday shows rail commuters doubling from 2015 to 2026.seq rail commuters        2015: 177,200 average daily rail users;         2026: 3...






dhanbad-chandrapura coal mine rail tracks closed, security tightened


written by prashant pandey | ranchi | published:june 15, 2017 6:15 amtop newsthe 41-km dhanbad-chandrapura line will close on wednesday midnight and authorities have geared up to deal with any eventuality. there were a few protests at different railway stations on wednesday but law and order was largely under control. the administration has clamped prohibitory orders at all the eight railway stations falling on the stretch. district police, grp and rpf have been deployed.the line is being closed down for now as it has become dangerous for rail traffic because of a simmering underground coal mine fire. the railways have decided to cancel at least 19 pairs of trains, among them six passenger trains. seven pairs of trains would be rerouted. over a dozen of goods trains that use the l...






train trips overhead wires creating 'major congestion' on inner-city tracks


queensland rail commuters can expect residual delays of 45 minutes after a disabled train just outside roma street station clogged the network.the train was towed away and power problems fixed just after 7.30pm, but not before the backlog affected the entire network. queensland rail reported the problem on twitter just before 7pm photo: glenn huntearliercommuters heading south can expected up to an hour of delays as queensland rail crews work to tow away a disabled train, which is sitting just outside roma street station.the train caused a "trip" in the overhead wires, leaving it stranded in the middle of brisbane and creating a backlog of southbound trains.a queensland rail spokeswoman said it had caused "major congestion".at 7.30pm southbound ipswich and springfield line train...