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Old 05-13-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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Horrible. So very sorry to hear of this
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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It's a tragic loss but hopefully this makes more Americans wake up and demand that Washington invest more money in our crumbling infrastructure instead of world police missions. A significant number of our bridges, highways, and rails are in need of replacement. I believe the ASCE rated US infrastructure a D+ which is terrible. Sad that people have to die before anything gets done.
As someone in the construction industry I've been saying the same thing for several years. The History Channel even did a documentary about five years ago on this very subject. The movie basically said our current infrastructure is made to handle 1960's volume, not 21st century volume
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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Sadly, Republicans don't want to invest in US infrastructure. They'd rather squander trillions in Iraq and Iran.
And the Republicans are licking at the chops to cut $100 million from Amtrak. Public safety is of no concern to them. Just rhetoric.
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An Amtrak train from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and injuring dozens — on the eve of a House markup of a bill that would slash the passenger rail service's budget.

Politico reports that the version of the bill that's already been approved by an appropriations subcommittee would slash Amtrak funding by almost $100 million, and that — even before the derailment — Democrats were expected to try to minimize the cuts.
The House is poised to slash $100 million from Amtrak

The rail lines and many of our bridges are in bad shape. If the Repugs would just slash the subsides (corporate welfare) to oil companies who are raking in Billions in profit, this money could help bring our transportation network into the 21st century.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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Sadly, Republicans don't want to invest in US infrastructure. They'd rather squander trillions in Iraq and Iran.
People fighting for thier lives and you get up early to try to politicize their suffering before even knowing what caused the problem or if what caused the issue was due to funding.

Have you no shame?
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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And the Republicans are licking at the chops to cut $100 million from Amtrak. Public safety is of no concern to them. Just rhetoric.

The House is poised to slash $100 million from Amtrak

The rail lines and many of our bridges are in bad shape. If the Repugs would just slash the subsides (corporate welfare) to oil companies who are raking in Billions in profit, this money could help bring our transportation network into the 21st century.
U.S. Rail Infrastructure - Council on Foreign Relations

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Most of the approximately 22,000 miles of track over which Amtrak runs are still owned by freight railroads. Amtrak pays freight carriers for the right to operate on their tracks and for priority over other customers.
I went and checked, the rails are unaffected by any cuts to amtraks budget. Amtrak does none of the rail maintenance.

Apology accepted in advance for your promotion of politics during a tragedy....and not knowing what you are talking about on top of it all.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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Death toll climbs to 7 in Philadelphia train wreck
Death toll climbs to 7 in Philadelphia train wreck

So very sorry for the loss of life.

My condolences to all the families.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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Other parts of the track may be older and needing replacement, but the rails and switches near this junction and curve were less than five years old. This was a simple case of the fact that well exceeding the speed limit on a curve makes the train fall off the track.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:48 AM
 
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It's got nothing to do with the infrastructure so you partisans will have to go bark up another tree.

The driver was speeding. Train was going 100mph in 50mph zone.

Amtrak derailment that killed at least seven as it emerges 'train was traveling at 100 mph in a 50 mph zone'

Excessive Speed Probed in Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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Death toll climbs to 7 in Philadelphia train wreck
Death toll climbs to 7 in Philadelphia train wreck

So very sorry for the loss of life.

My condolences to all the families.
Man, this is bad. RIP to all of the victims and prayers for a speedy recovery.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:17 PM
 
Location: NYC
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It's got nothing to do with the infrastructure so you partisans will have to go bark up another tree.

The driver was speeding. Train was going 100mph in 50mph zone.

Amtrak derailment that killed at least seven as it emerges 'train was traveling at 100 mph in a 50 mph zone'

Excessive Speed Probed in Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia
We don't know yet, it can be all just a smokescreen. Amtrak trains are typically slow, never seen it going more than 60 unless it's an Accela train and I do ride the Amtrak lines alot.
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