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DC Metro Might Shut Down for a Very Long Time

Commuters are calling possible closures 'insane'

(Newser) - If commuters who ride DC's faltering Metrorail were peeved at the system's 29-hour shutdown in mid-March, they're not going to like the news out of the Metro transit system Wednesday. Per Fox5 , a review is underway to determine how badly repairs are needed on the troubled railway,... More »

Amtrak Trains Back on Track on Busy Northeast Corridor

Passengers relieved to be riding again as crash investigation continues

(Newser) - Amtrak trains began rolling along the busy Northeast Corridor early today, the first time since the deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks even as investigators work to determine the cause of the derailment . Amtrak resumed service with a 5:30am southbound train leaving... More »

Non! France's New Trains Don't Fit on Platforms

Which is going to cost at least $110M to fix

(Newser) - The good news: France is getting 2,000 shiny new trains. The not-so-good news: It seems those shiny new trains, which CNN notes ran a hefty $20.5 billion, are too wide to fit in many of the nation's 1,200 platforms, making actual travel difficult. The forehead-slapping quote... More »

Trains Collide Head-On in Switzerland

44 injured, 4 seriously

(Newser) - It has been a bad month to be a train commuter: Canada , France , Spain , and now ... Switzerland, where two commuter trains collided head-on today, injuring 44, four seriously, reports CNN . Local TV says one person is yet to be recovered from the wreckage, the AP reports. The crash happened between... More »

Woman Falsely Accused of Stealing Train to Become Train Driver

20-year-old cleaning lady gets new job as compensation

(Newser) - Earlier this year, a cleaning lady was accused of stealing and crashing a train she was on in Stockholm. Turns out, she didn't do it. So to make up for the double blow of serious injuries from the crash and calling her a train thief in a story that... More »

SF Trains Resume— Without Union Deal

Contracts extended for 30 days

(Newser) - Trains will resume in San Francisco today following a strike , after the San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and its two largest unions agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining. A statement released late yesterday by Bay Area Rapid Transit said trains will begin... More »

Male Train Drivers Protest Shorts Ban—With Skirts

It's what passes for anarchy in Sweden

(Newser) - There's a skin-baring revolt under way in Sweden, where the Roslagsbanan train line has banned drivers and conductors from wearing shorts—and a dozen of the aforementioned employees responded by donning skirts this week. As the AP reports, about a dozen men showed up for work in skirts to... More »

Odd Theft Leaves Village in the Dark

Repeated cable robberies halt trains in Britain

(Newser) - A rash of power line thefts is dogging Britain. An entire English village lost electricity for several hours on Friday after thieves stole some 3,000 feet of cable—and it’s the second such theft in that county alone since August, This Is Lincolnshire reports. It’s a running... More »

India 'Train Surfers' Go Viral

Officials plead with boys to stop deadly stunts

(Newser) - A viral YouTube video showing young showoffs clinging to the side of a speeding train in India have shocked officials certain that such hijinks are bound to end in death. The boys in the film first cling to a train as they "surf" along a station platform, then leap... More »

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