High Speed Rail http://www.kplu.org en Crews Work to Prevent Landslides on Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor http://www.kplu.org/post/crews-work-prevent-landslides-seattle-everett-rail-corridor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rail is an increasingly popular option for commuters between Seattle and Everett. But there’s one big drawback: the tracks are plagued by falling mud, rocks, and plant material. Last winter, slides delayed 81 Amtrak trains, and 206 Sounder commuter trains.</span></p><p>Now heavy equipment is clearing debris from the slopes above the tracks and building walls to catch small stuff that slides. They’re also beefing up safety fences, which act like tripwires on the hillsides that automatically stop trains when there is a slide.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:57:32 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9697 at http://www.kplu.org Crews Work to Prevent Landslides on Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor Washington hopes to benefit from rejected Florida rail funds http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-hopes-benefit-rejected-florida-rail-funds <p>Today is the deadline for Washington and other states to apply for a share of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/17rail.html">more than $2 billion in federal high-speed rail money that Florida rejected</a>. State officials hope to use some of that money to tackle landslides that have made rail travel this winter unreliable.</p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:56:29 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1128 at http://www.kplu.org Washington hopes to benefit from rejected Florida rail funds Friday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-1 <p><em>Rains expected to cause flooding, high-speed rail in Washington gets a windfall, lawmakers convene for a day.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:33:25 +0000 KPLU News Staff 333 at http://www.kplu.org Friday morning's headlines