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Passers-by Push 32-Ton Train Off Woman

Somehow, she walks away basically unscathed

(Newser) - A woman fell into the gap between a Tokyo train and the station platform yesterday during the morning rush hour as she tried to disembark, and got trapped—but fortunately for her, about 40 commuters and staffers came to her aid in a pretty wild way. They managed to push... More »

Amtrak to Build NY-NJ Train Tunnels for $13.5B

'Gateway Tunnel' project has planned 2020 finish

(Newser) - Amtrak plans to dig two new tunnels for commuter trains between New York and New Jersey, Reuters reports. The project, called the Gateway Tunnel and projected to cost $13.5 billion, has a loose finish date of 2020. "The two new trans-Hudson tunnels will provide long-sought, peak-period operational capacity... More »

Chicago-Area Rail Chief Takes Own Life

Beleaguered Philip Pagano steps in front of commuter train

(Newser) - The head of the Chicago area's commuter rail system, who had been placed on leave last week as Metra investigated allegations that he paid himself a $56,000 bonus without authorization, committted suicide this morning—by walking in front of a train from the system he headed. Philip Pagano, 60,... More »

After 4 Suicides, Calif. Parents Guard Rails

Four Palo Alto teens dead in last 6 months spark vigil

(Newser) - After four teenagers from the same high school committed suicide on the commuter rail tracks that run through Palo Alto, Calif., in just 6 months, parents set up a daily vigil at the offending crossing. When the train comes through—every half hour—there's a nervous pause in the chatting,... More »

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