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January 21, 1988 | From the Washington Post
Railroad companies have overcharged the Army millions of dollars for shipping trainloads of tanks and equipment to its California desert training center, and sloppy Army auditing procedures failed to spot the overcharges for years, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The overcharge problems became so extensive that at one point senior Army officials were concerned that some troop units would be forced to reduce training schedules at the National Training Center at Ft.
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BUSINESS
September 27, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2002 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2002 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Metrolink officials are attempting to work out a deal to transfer their work force of contracted Amtrak train operators to a freight rail company, a move meant to ensure that the commuter railway is unaffected by the potential shutdown of Amtrak later this year. Metrolink last week sent proposals to two short-haul freight rail companies, asking them to bid on hiring the nearly 145 Amtrak workers who run the commuter rail agency's 416-mile, six-county network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2002 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
What goes around comes around when you talk technology in Tehachapi. Not the 21st century kind, depicted by the 5,000 futuristic-looking turbine propellers that line mountaintops east of town and spin in unison in the wind to generate electricity. But the 19th century type: the stretch of rail track north of town that causes locomotives to cross over the cars they are pulling.
BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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