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The surge of passengers who flocked to Amtrak trains in the days after the terrorist attacks has begun to subside, dimming hopes that the intercity rail service could attract lots of new passengers amid the airline crisis. Travel agents and industry officials said that after the initial jump in Amtrak ridership, which included many air travelers stranded by canceled flights, the rail service's business was undercut by the overall downturn in travel.
National transportation leaders Saturday urged government and industry to set aside their competitive and political disputes in order to craft advanced technologies to protect freight supply chains from terrorist attacks. "We've got to keep competition out of security," said Gene Pentimonti, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation, "and we've got to make real progress."
January 31, 2005 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Passengers in last week's Metrolink crash described how the impact threw them from their seats, slammed their heads and faces against walls and tables and tossed bodies around the cars. "People were flying everywhere," said passenger Susan Eisenbarth of Northridge.
August 19, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Westinghouse Air Brake Co. agreed to buy Rockwell International Corp.'s railroad electronics division for $80 million in a deal that would enable it to add new train monitoring and communications devices to its product line. Wilmerding, Pa.-based Westinghouse Air Brake is one of North America's largest makers of locomotive equipment. Costa Mesa-based Rockwell is shedding some businesses, including its semiconductor unit, as it concentrates on industrial automation, avionics and communications.
November 14, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
After a series of fiery crashes involving trains hauling crude oil, the railroad industry called on the federal government Thursday to significantly strengthen safety standards for new tank cars and require retrofitting of the nation's huge fleet of existing tankers. Tank car safety has taken on greater urgency as the oil industry turns to rail to ship the massive increases in oil production that are occurring in shale fields not served by major pipelines, including North Dakota, Colorado and south Texas.
April 23, 2000
Your March 17 article, "Train Carrying Chemicals Derails in Anaheim; Day-Care Evacuated," highlights what could have been a chemical disaster. Unfortunately, hazardous-material spills these days are not unusual. In the United States, there continues to be a train accident every 90 minutes. Every two weeks, on average, a train carrying hazardous materials runs off the track and spills its load, often forcing local evacuations. Once and for all, it's time for the railroad industry, which posts billions of dollars in profits, to step up and take responsibility for the safety of its own operations.
January 13, 2010 | By Rich Connell
An apparently unprecedented, super freight train extending about 3 1/2 miles rolled through Southern California over the weekend, catching state regulators off guard and prompting concerns about potential safety risks and traffic delays, The Times has learned. Union Pacific said that the train was used to test equipment and find ways to improve operating efficiency, but that the company had no plans to run such trains regularly. Some officials worry that the train may be a harbinger of things to come in a crowded region where passenger and freight trains already share tracks that cross hundreds of intersections bustling with cars and trucks.
May 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
The chairwoman of the Interstate Commerce Commission resigned in tears today, saying "the White House and I have concluded it was not in our interest to fight the Senate Commerce Committee." Heather J. Gradison, a member of the commission since 1982 and its chairwoman since December, 1985, offered no further explanation at a meeting attended by about 100 commission employees. They applauded when she finished her brief statement. Her five-year term was up last December, but she had remained on the job. An Interstate Commerce Commission source who declined to be identified said Democratic Sens.
February 6, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked for a legal opinion on its latitude in supporting an effort by a longshoremen's union to retain 350 jobs in the South Bay. The dispute centers on plans by Southern Pacific Transportation Co., the railroad company, to end its contract Feb. 17 with a company that uses workers from the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union, Local 13, to load shipping containers onto trucks and trains.
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