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Death toll climbs to 80 in India rail accident

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The death toll in a train accident in northern India climbed to 80 on Monday with more than 350 injured in one of the worst rail disasters to hit the country’s troubled rail network in years. The accident occurred on Sunday in northern Uttar Pradesh state…

Florida kills Obama-backed high-speed rail

MIAMI — Florida’s governor on Wednesday killed an ambitious plan for the country’s first high-speed railway, a project heralded by the White House as important to restoring US competitiveness and economic growth. Governor Rick Scott cited the burden to the state of potential cost overruns and expected subsidies in rejecting…

White House launches high-speed rail push with $53 billion plan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday called on Congress to back a six-year, $53-billion investment in high-speed, intercity rail, saying it was “dreaming big” on reinventing US infrastructure. But Republicans, now wielding the power of the purse after November’s mid-term election triumph, slammed the plan, and called on the…

US flags $2.4 billion for high-speed trains

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday flagged 2.4 billion dollars to develop high-speed rail projects as it moved toward building the nation’s first nationwide program of next-generation service. President Barack Obama’s administration announced that 54 high-speed rail projects in 23 states will share in 2.4 billion dollars to continue…

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