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Two rollover accidents without injuries in Washington Township, N.J., reported over the weekend

Washington Township Police PatchView full sizePolice in Washington Township, N.J., handled two rollover crashes Saturday in the township, but reported no major injuries in either accident.

Authorities responded about 11:25 a.m. to the area of East Asbury-Anderson Road in the township near mile marker 9.8 for reports of a single-vehicle crash. Police say the driver, Vincent Marelli, 18, of Bloomsbury, was driving east in a 2002 Jeep Liberty when he was distracted by something in his vehicle.

Marelli’s vehicle ran off the road, but he twice over corrected his mistake, eventually causing his vehicle to overturn and come to a rest in a field off the road, police report. Marelli was the only person in the vehicle and managed to exit by climbing out the passenger side of the SUV before police arrived.

Although Marelli’s Jeep sustained major damage, he was unhurt, authorities report.

A few hours later, police responded to another rollover crash near the Newbold Apartment complex in the township. Police were in the area for a separate matter about 1:29 p.m. when they heard a crash in the front of the apartment complex, according to authorities.

Police say the driver, 49-year-old David Williams Jr., of Oxford Township, was driving south on Route 31 when he was distracted by something inside his vehicle, causing him to drift into the northbound lanes. The vehicle went into the parking lot of the apartments and struck a rock wall, causing the vehicle to travel up the berm in the lot before flipping onto its left side, according to police.

Williams’ vehicle came to rest against a tree, only feet from the apartments, police said. The 49-year-old was also able to climb out of his vehicle with only minor injuries that were treated at the scene, police report. They say no other vehicles or individuals were struck in the wreck.

Police say a summons was not issued to either driver at the scene of the crashes.

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International transport hits 18-year high: StatsCan

Updated: Mon Feb. 20 2012 09:59:26 Staff

Be it by plane, automobile or otherwise, Canadians done 5.1 million trips outward a nation in December, according to a new news from Statistics Canada.

The sum symbol a initial time given Mar 1994 that monthly transport abroad exceeded 5 million trips, suggesting that Canadian wanderlust is alive and well.

By comparison, StatsCan reports that Canadians done 1.5 per cent fewer trips outward a nation in November.

When it came down to selecting an general destination, information shows that many Canadians lucky travelling over land, rather than overseas.

Almost half of a trips abroad in Dec concerned same-day automobile transport to a United States, according to a StatsCan report.

Additional numbers uncover it was a ensign month for Canadians streamer south of a 49th parallel:

  • Canadians done 2.5 million same-day automobile trips to a U.S.
  • The series of same-day automobile trips was adult 4.2 per cent, a top monthly spin given May 1998.
  • In total, transport by Canadians streamer to a U.S. rose 2.2 per cent.

The same, however, can't be pronounced for transport to countries other than a U.S. Travel to other countries abroad fell to 761,000 trips, a diminution of 2.3 per cent from November.

Gains were medium when it came to a series of tourists who wanted to transport to Canada in December.

StatsCan reported only over 2 million trips from general visitors in December, an boost of 0.6 per cent from a month before.

Visits from Americans residents, specifically, increasing 1.5 per cent to some-more than 1.6 million trips. Statistics Canada attributes this to a arise in same-day automobile trips.

While U.S. visitors were penetrating to make Canada a highway outing destination, many didn’t wish to stay a night. There was a 0.4 per cent diminution in overnight transport from Americans.

Meanwhile, a information shows abroad residents done 389,000 trips to Canada in December, a top spin given Sep 2008.

  • In total, transport from abroad residents rose 1.3 per cent
  • Travel from India increasing 12.5% to 15,000, a top spin a nation has on record.
  • Travel from a Netherlands declined 7.7%, imprinting a largest decrease.

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Of march we transport outward of Canada, it’s cheaper and nicer continue in a winter time.
Just demeanour during a cost of accomodation, food and booze. It’s a no-brainer.
Taxes are Canada’s downfall.


Yes, we go to a States for shopping, during slightest once a month in winter, Florida here we come for a integrate of months


No consternation Americans don’t come here – hotels to high, restaurants too high, store prices too high – gas too high


Penny Setterfield

I too trafficked to a US to have angioplasty for stenosed veins in my neck given this elementary procession for CCSVI is not authorised in Canada if we have a diagnosis of MS.My father and we spent about $6,000.


What am we blank here? Everyone commenting on health caring trips though in a essay we don’t see anything created about it. we consider people transport some-more to a U.S. is seemingly given it is cheaper to fly to destinations rather than debate Canada. If we drive, it is most cheaper and softened crash for your buck…. it is unhappy that we have to go elsewhere for a medical caring than in a possess backyard, though we know we have to do what we have to do given of income being squandered by a Government to support other countries rather than a possess health care…


Maybe a given a cheaper to fly ANYWHERE else in a universe than in Canada. we was means to fly to London for 200 cheaper than a moody from Vancouver to NFLD once. we was looking during a moody a other day from Van to Toronto and it was roughly $700. For that cost we can go somewhere balmy and all thorough or to vegas for a week


Ok, so when 2.5 out of 5.1 million trips out of a nation were same day visits (ie. cross-border selling into a US) we would contend that general transport is DOWN.We already knew that a high cost of gasoline, atmosphere travel, hotels and all else, total with descending wages, does not make for a certain transport environment. These numbers support this.When people cross-border emporium they do it given they know that any inconveniences gifted during a limit (into a US) are outweighed by a advantages of cheaper products and cheaper gas to fill adult a tank before pushing home. They are not going to a US given it’s safer and they’re not going for extended stays. It’s a surgical strike, get in, get what we wish and afterwards get out.


These are smashing statistics they contend so much!, a chairman who wrote this unequivocally knows how to analyze, pursuit good done!


Worried that a economy will suffer, provide people for CCSVI during home, or other procedures. Money will stay during home. Simple as that!

Diana Gordon

I had to transport to have a procession for CCSVI, given it’s FORBIDDEN in Canada!! That’s roughly $10,000 that’s GONE from Canada, never to return. They don’t trust us with “Informed Consent”. we only don’t get it! The medical complement is BROKEN in Canada, and it all starts with a Minister of Death (Leonna Aglukkaq and her head-in-the-sand proceed to this. I’m ashamed to be a Canadian.

Maria Dekleer

I too trafficked outward of Canada twice for a medical procession that should have a been supposing in Canada though given we have MS we was denied a right to have a elementary angioplasty here in Canada we spent approximately 20,000 in a States.

Alice says

Those of we claiming we spent dollars in a U.S. fro CCSVI diagnosis forget that if that diagnosis were accessible here in Canada it would not cost we a dime out of pocket. You would not have put that income behind into a system, it would have been paid for by a taxation dollars.
The scholarship behind a diagnosis is still being examined and there is not a clear association between a procession and increasing peculiarity of life for MS sufferers. Initially patients see service though for many a symptoms lapse after a comparatively brief duration of time.
Unfortunatley a wanting health caring dollars can not go towards each thought out there that shows some promise.

Jason Kaye

As we have to leave Canada to get treated for CCSVI we don’t see this trend changing and Canadian destinations will humour as we spent all a income doing this and have zero left to spend in Canada, solely for a cab float to a Airport!Out of all a income we spent removing softened over 90% was spent outward of Canada.


we trafficked to california in 2010 to get medical diagnosis for m.s. ransom treatment. it should be accessible in canada. we gave a american hospital $11,000. wouldnt that income have been softened spent in canada? only sayin’……


I agree, a lot of that transport is medical toiurism that WE, as a nation could capilalize on if those DUD’s in Ottawa would get off thier butts and margin it here. CRAP! We do things for FREE for people in 3rd universe nations. We can do a “procedure” here for income like a lot of other countries are doing and removing OUR income that NEVER comes back. That’s crazy!

Judy Filipkowski

Amongst those who are travelling to a United States, we competence be astounded that many are going to find diagnosis for CCSVI. This elementary angioplasty procession for narrowed jugular and azygous veins is being denies to people in Canada that have also been diagnosed with MS. Canada is losing thousands in a routine and Canadians are going into debt to obtain some service from MS symptoms. Most lapse with softened abilities and some are means to lapse to a full normal life, including rejoining a work force.The Government contingency start regulating common clarity so that Medical Tourism is not partial of a reason people leave their possess country. We are not all holding holidays, we are relieving unfit earthy conditions that we are forced to live with!

island girl

So now how will a fear mongers spin this into “the sky is falling” again


These are smashing statistics they contend so much!, a chairman who wrote this unequivocally knows how to analyze, pursuit good done!

Jason Kaye

As we have to leave Canada to get treated for CCSVI we don’t see this trend changing and Canadian destinations will humour as we spent all a income doing this and have zero left to spend in Canada, solely for a cab float to a Airport!Out of all a income we spent removing softened over 90% was spent outward of Canada.


we trafficked to california in 2010 to get medical diagnosis for m.s. ransom treatment. it should be accessible in canada. we gave a american hospital $11,000. wouldnt that income have been softened spent in canada? only sayin’……


As an instance of $’s withdrawal Canada perpetually a elementary Angioplasty Procedure that in some cases takes 1 hour or reduction for MS symptons not authorised underneath a stream medical system, 10,000 Canadians have flocked to a USA and other Countries for this procession spending on normal $10,000 = 100 Million dollars that have left a Country FOREVER with some-more to follow!Maybe during some indicate Stats CAN and other Government Officials will see this as we conduct down a Healthcare Privatazion highway for 2014 when a stream Provincial Healthcare agreeement runs out.


I agree, a lot of that transport is medical toiurism that WE, as a nation could capilalize on if those DUD’s in Ottawa would get off thier butts and margin it here. CRAP! We do things for FREE for people in 3rd universe nations. We can do a “procedure” here for income like a lot of other countries are doing and removing OUR income that NEVER comes back. That’s crazy!

Judy Filipkowski

Amongst those who are travelling to a United States, we competence be astounded that many are going to find diagnosis for CCSVI. This elementary angioplasty procession for narrowed jugular and azygous veins is being denies to people in Canada that have also been diagnosed with MS. Canada is losing thousands in a routine and Canadians are going into debt to obtain some service from MS symptoms. Most lapse with softened abilities and some are means to lapse to a full normal life, including rejoining a work force.The Government contingency start regulating common clarity so that Medical Tourism is not partial of a reason people leave their possess country. We are not all holding holidays, we are relieving unfit earthy conditions that we are forced to live with!

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Hardest thing about a wildlife safari in BC is having enough time to do it all

I was on board a B.C. ferry once, on my way to Victoria for something not particularly memorable, when a group of orcas decided to escort our ship as it navigated the narrow strait between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

The sun was nearing the horizon and the ocean was flickering with the orange glow of the end of a sunny day when the tuxedoed whales began to breach the surface on the port side.

They put on a spectacular show, jumping and slapping the waves for so long it was hard not to believe they’d been trained by some clever tourism official and paid their weight in fish for the performance.

It wasn’t the first time ferry riders have been treated to an impromptu whale watching tour, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. After all, it is British Columbia.

From the temperate rainforests along the coast to the glaciers of the Rocky Mountains, from tundra in the north to arid desert in the south, the province encompasses a vast array of landscape and wildlife. Canada‘s western edge is home to half of its grizzly population, a quarter of the brown bear population, and almost all of the world’s remaining mountain caribou, an endangered species that has disappeared from most of its original habitat in North America.

At almost 945,000 square kilometres in area, the province is larger than Washington, Oregon and California combined. France and the United Kingdom together would fit within the borders of British Columbia, which is larger than either Turkey or Tanzania.

The province has 488 species of birds, 480 species of fish, 136 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians and 16 species of reptiles. Three-quarters of Canada’s mammal species are found in British Columbia, and 24 of those species are exclusive to the province.

Indeed, the most difficult thing about a wildlife safari in British Columbia is finding enough time to do it all.

British Columbia’s Big 10:

1. Grizzly Bears

The Khutzeymateen grizzly bear sanctuary, 40 kilometres north of Prince Rupert on the north coast, is Canada’s only such sanctuary for these magnificent bruins. The 45,000-hectare refuge, managed jointly by the province and the Tsimshian First Nation, is also home to moose, wolves and migrating owls. Offshore, find orca and humpback whales dining in the fjords and harbour seals keeping a keen eye on visitors. But the main event in Khutzeymateen is the estimated 50 grizzly bears that make it their home.

Park access is restricted, as the purpose is the protection of grizzly habitat, but there is some limited public access as well as guided viewing available from river estuaries.

2. Kermode or Spirit Bear

There is a legend of the Kitasoo Xaixais people that Raven turned these black bears white to remind people that the land was once covered by glaciers, so they should be thankful for the bounty of today.

The best time for viewing these rare bears in the Great Bear Rainforest is September and October, when they gather along rivers to feed on spawning salmon. Spirit Bear Adventures and Kynoch Adventure Tours offer guided trips.

3. Black/Brown Bears

The Cariboo Mountains in the Interior of the province come alive with black bears and grizzlies from May to October. Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park and the larger Wells Gray Provincial Park offer camping and trails, and several outfitters offer guided tours, including Eco-Tours BC, which recently played host to Scottish comedian Billy Connolly for a segment of his show “Billy Connolly’s Journey to the Edge of the World.”

4. Whales

On the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino and Ucluelet bid adieu to winter and welcome whale watching season with the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, taking place this year from March 17 to 25 in honour of the arrival of 20,000 grey whales on their annual migration from the Baja Peninsula of Mexico to the Bering Sea

Humpback whales, knobby behemoths that can grow up to 16 metres long, can be seen up and down the coast on their summer migration north, but one of the most spectacular backdrops for seeing them has to be Haida Gwaii, often referred to as Canada’s Galapagos. Home to Gwaii Hanaas National Park and Skung Gwaii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this collection of islands is ideal viewing territory from late spring to early summer. Sea lions, horned puffins and Dall’s porpoises also call Haida Gwaii home.

Orca or killer whales can be seen anywhere along the B.C. coast. Resident pods are commonly seen from April to November, often in Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands, while the northern residents are often seen in the Johnstone Strait area. Transient pods wander from Alaska to California in search of prey.

5. Caribou

Their name apparently comes from a Mi’kmaq word meaning one who paws at the ground. They are shy, migratory and considered a threatened species, so seeing caribou cannot be done from a car window. Tweedsmuir, Wells Grey, Spatsizi and Mount Revelstoke are among the parks these migratory animals are known to traverse, but they are definitely the most elusive animal on B.C.’s Big 10.

6. Moose

Take a trip to Moose Valley Provincial Park, 30 kilometres west of 100 Mile House in the B.C. Interior. The aptly named 2,300-hectare park draws these gangly ungulates to a chain of 12 small lakes that make for a relatively easy overnight canoe trip. Guided canoe trips are available in summer and dog sled trips in winter.

7. Eagles – Brackendale

From mid-November until mid-February this area north of Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway is home to thousands of bald eagles that come from all over North America to feed on chum salmon. The population peaks in late December to January.

8. Salmon

The Adams River in the Shuswap is one of the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, with millions of spawning salmon turning the river red from bank to bank in a stunning display of nature’s beauty. Viewing platforms and walking paths have been built in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, drawing thousands of visitors when the salmon run starts in October. Every fourth year the run peaks, expected next in 2014.

9. Mountain Goats

The Spatsizi Plateau, located 320 kilometres north of Smithers, is part of an area dubbed the “Serengeti of the North.” It is home to a rich diversity of wildlife that includes herds of mountain goats that navigate the rocky cliffs.

Stone sheep, a relative of the Rocky Mountain bighorn, winter here and grizzly make their dens in the high alpine, while the meadows below are wintering grounds for the province’s largest herd of caribou. Moose wander the wetlands, and from the shadows of the forest an abundant pack of wolves stalk their prey.

10. Bighorn Sheep

Junction Sheep Range Provincial, at the confluence of the Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers in central B.C., is home to an internationally significant herd of endangered California bighorn sheep.


If You Go…

The best guide to B.C. wildlife viewing, including tips and contact information for tour guides, is available at the provincial government’s tourism website:

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Police titillate southern Kentuckians to extent transport on sharp roads

Road conditions incited flattering fraudulent Sunday afternoon in southern Kentucky. Police warned drivers to equivocate attack a streets if they could. Some still braved a conditions to get a few essentials nonetheless not all of them used a automobile to get where they indispensable to go.

When Ralph Bonilla motionless to go to a store for a container of cigarettes, he didn’t even cruise driving. Bonilla expected a layer that lonesome Laurel County and many of southern Kentucky, and aside from a container of cigarettes, he done certain he was ready. “Get out and get your groceries filled up,” Bonilla pronounced going by his list of pre-snow priorities, “Take caring of your mail, whatever we got to send out. Gas adult your vehicle, and usually be prepared for when it comes, and be prepared for it to leave.”

Johnny Benge dictated to stay home, and he usually came to a store for something essential. “My small grandson got a temperature,” Benge explained, “and we had to come get him something for his fever.”

Road crews did their best to transparent a vital streets, though some of a smaller ones, generally in residential areas remained some-more dangerous than others. “The Interstate… it’s water, slush, though a backroads is sleet and ice,” application line workman Ray Smith said.

Smith knows. He’s one of a few who had to be out on a roads to check application lines. He says opportunely many of a lines he saw were fine, though a roads to get to them were a opposite story. I-75 remained transparent for a many part, though we didn’t have to wandering distant off a beaten trail before conditions worsened. That’s because Kentucky State Police urged everybody from Rockcastle County and serve south to extent transport to puncture situations. It’s recommendation those out on a roads echoed. “Stay during home,” Smith urged, “‘Cause a backroads is
solid ice. They’re covered.”

“Just be clever if we got to get out,” Bonilla added, “just be clever ’cause a roads are slick.”

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Cop in video footage on Jarawa 'human safari' identified

The Andaman and Nicobar Island police have identified one of its personnel who was allegedly involved in the controversial ‘human safari’ episode where members of Jarawa tribe were made to dance in return for food by foreign tourists. Strict action will be taken the cop, sources said in New Delhi [ Images ].

The policeman was recently identified after a through examination of the video footage and the sound sample as he had briefly appeared in one of the video footages, they added. The video was shot in September 2008 and the inquiry is on to identify another man who had appeared in it in military overalls, the sources said.

Though the name of the accused has not yet been divulged by the police, sources said the Andaman and Nicobar administration has informed the Tribal Affairs Ministry and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes on the development. Initially, Andaman police had denied the involvement of its personnel in the episode.

A special team was formed by the Andaman police under a deputy superintendent of police to seek the help of a cyber cell of central agencies in cracking the computer through which the video was first hosted on social networking websites.

While the tribal affairs ministry had ordered a probe in the case, NCST had issued a notice to the Andaman administration demanding a report on the action taken by them to stop ‘human safaris’.

The incident had come to the fore last month when video footages showed some of their members, including women, in semi-naked conditions. The group was allegedly exploited by foreign tourists who made them dance for food.

Following the episode, the tribal affairs ministry had suggested stringent action against the people involved in such acts and recommended punishment for the tour operators involved in such safaris.

The government is also looking at the options of closing down the Andaman Trunk Road, which passes through the protected forest zone inhabited by Jarawas.

Meanwhile, to prevent unscrupulous elements from exploiting the presence of the Jarawas, the administration recently increased the size of the Jarawa reserve from 847 sq kms to 1,028 sq kms in 2004. To ensure safety and dignity of Jarawa tribes, it has also completely banned photography and videography in the area and outsiders are not allowed to interact with the local population there.

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IDOT arch sees severe destiny down a road

Ann Schneider, Illinois’ initial womanlike transport secretary, has spent roughly 25 years in state supervision putting a public’s income to work.

Schneider is completing her seventh month streamer adult a Illinois Department of Transportation, as the subsequent sovereign transport appropriation check is being hold warrant in Congress. Available state appropriation for roads won’t cover repairs, let alone financial enlargement projects indispensable to palliate trade congestion.

All of that means to Schneider, 51, whose credentials is mercantile routine and planning, that it’s time to find artistic solutions. She sees opportunities, from improving mass movement to exploring ways to revoke overload on highways.

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Your Getting Around contributor sat down with Schneider final week during a mangle in a rail apparatus manufacturers’ discussion geared toward modernizing a Midwest’s aging newcomer rail automobile fleet. An edited twin of a talk follows.

Q: The rarely narrow-minded discuss in Congress over a cost and range of a subsequent sovereign transport check contingency be creation your pursuit formidable in terms of formulation for a prolonged tenure and even for a tentative refurbish this open of a state’s highway alleviation program. How are we traffic with a impasse?

A: We have concerns about a House bill, generally in terms of what happens with mass movement and Amtrak, as good as on a highway side. we listened this morning that there are 270 amendments to a House bill, so we consider it will be awhile before they work by a whole process. We wish Congress can qualification a check that creates clarity for all of a nation and generally here in Illinois on transport investments, that are vicious to ensuring that a economy keeps relocating forward.

Q: Can we yield a preview of what’s in a state roads module that we will announce in April?

A: It’s going to be a fix-it-first-type program. We’re still carrying out a Illinois Jobs Now collateral alleviation bill, and so we’ve got a large cube of that investment that we are also going to be making. The other partial of a program, a pay-as-you-go piece, is going to be unequivocally most focused on only upkeep and repair. We’re going to have singular ability to understanding with overload use in a multiyear module that we put out in April.

Q: So with no vital enlargement in alley ability for a foreseeable future, a purpose of mass movement and commuter rail will be some-more vicious than ever?

A: Transit is a pivotal to ensuring travelling reliability, creation it available and enhancing a supplement experience. Metra is purchasing new cars. When people do make a change from cars to trains, they are going to start appreciating and feeling some-more gentle on that service. The same form of newcomer compensation is already function on Pace‘s bus-on-shoulder beginning on Interstate 55. Pace has a restrained direct for that use since it’s indeed some-more available and it has lowered transport times to downtown and behind out. And they are manager buses with Wi-Fi availability. It’s a good experience.

Q: Illinois has depressed approach behind other some-more on-going states in embracing high-occupancy-vehicle lanes to palliate highway overload or user fees to get some-more enlargement projects done. What are some of a off-the-shelf solutions that you’ve seen elsewhere and that we unequivocally need to implement?

A: We as a Department of Transportation are going to have to work some-more closely with a Illinois Tollway sister agency. The ability to residence overload or do some complement enlargement doesn’t seem possibly given a resources we have. We have 16,000 miles of roads and 8,000 bridges that IDOT is obliged for. Even in a strong year, when we have $2 billion in a pay-as-you-go program, it doesn’t go a prolonged approach to residence a needs of that expanded system. Working with a tollway will be partial of a answer.

Q: The tollway is study a intensity for formulating demonstrate lanes on a Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) and charging drivers a reward to use it for a faster outing between Rockford and a area around O’Hare International Airport. The income would be used in partial to finance sight fast movement on a Addams corridor. But what would occur easterly of O’Hare where a Addams becomes a Kennedy Expressway?

A: We are trying, unequivocally preliminarily, to demeanour during what some of a options competence be to lift that (express lanes and sight fast movement lanes) into downtown. The Kennedy is unequivocally most landlocked, and there are earthy constraints on what we can do there. We need to start meditative creatively about what we can do to yield for a high-occupancy car lanes, yield for a sight fast movement and boost mobility in northeastern Illinois.

Q: The city of Chicago is articulate about carrying most larger atmosphere ability in a destiny during O’Hare International Airport if and when a runway enlargement devise is completed. Meanwhile, a due south suburban airfield nearby Peotone in Will County is substantially a most-studied airfield judgment in U.S. aviation history. Will a Chicago segment ever need that airport?

A: Our direct models uncover there still is restrained direct in a marketplace that Peotone would serve. The airfield is vicious in addressing those ability needs in that area. We are creation swell in terms of a master plan, and we’ve purchased about 50 percent of a acreage indispensable for a starter airport. We will continue to work on a technical studies and a land acquisition.

Q: Work continues on Illinois’ initial higher-speed newcomer rail corridor. When will passengers start roving on a new trains able of roving adult to 110 mph that will reinstate a decades-old Amtrak trains?

A: We are operative with a California Department of Transportation on procurement. They have knowledge in this area. They have finished a ask for information. The wish is to have a ask for proposals out in Apr for a bi-level newcomer rail cars. The buying for a locomotives will follow shortly. The wish is that we can start holding smoothness in early 2015 to embark 110 mph use on a Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor. We are unequivocally vehement about a event here. We’ve seen a ridership boost by 80 percent in only 6 years. we consider a projected increases in gas prices and race will interpret into increasing direct for newcomer rail service.

Q: But what do we contend to critics who, even if they accept a thought that a U.S. needs a healthy newcomer rail mode, a track complement in a Midwest only doesn’t have a fad or pizazz that California has or that Florida potentially had on a Tampa-to-Orlando track before that module was killed. Here, we are articulate about St. Louis, Detroit. A lot of people disagree that these are failing cities and because are taxpayers investing billions of dollars for a transport mode share that’s less than 1 percent?

A: The intrastate routes that we have here in Illinois are unequivocally important. The Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale track is unequivocally most centered around colleges and a universities. We see a lot of direct from tyro passengers in those areas. The Chicago-to-St. Louis track is a premier route. we went to take a sight a few weeks ago during a snowstorm, and it was sole out. we consider some-more people will see a practicality of providing that option.

Q: You transport around a state in your job. But what’s your personal invert like when we are going to work in Springfield?

A: we live out in a country, about 25 miles from my office. we like to practice in a morning, so we get adult early and expostulate into Springfield. It’s a multiple of pushing on a widespread and state routes. we live on a municipality road.

Q: An IDOT orator told me we are also a equine buff. So your seductiveness in transport goes over wheels.

A: Yes, we have dual horses, and we adore them. They are roving horses. And we do possess partial of a racehorse.

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School buses safer for children than roving in parents’ cars

CHERRY HILL — When it comes to safety, transport statistics
show it doesn’t get most improved than a propagandize bus.

Tragedies such as Thursday’s bus-dump lorry pile-up that killed an
11-year-old Burlington County lady and critically harmed her two
sisters and a child are intensely rare, according to National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration statistics.

Each year, about 23.5 million children transport a common 4.3
billion miles in some 450,000 propagandize buses — and usually 5 or six
children die, according to a administration.

“They are built like tanks,” pronounced Al Dellinger, of Hainesport’s
Wolfinger train transport company.

With high, padded seats with small room in between, buses are
built to pillow impacts and forestall children from being thrown
about, Dellinger said.

“They are really well-constructed,” he said.

In fact, a NHTSA concludes that “American students are nearly
eight times safer roving in a propagandize train than with their own
parents and guardians in a car.”

The genocide of 11-year-old Isabelle Tezsla in farming Chesterfield
on Thursday was a initial occurrence where a tyro was killed while
on a propagandize train in New Jersey in some-more than a decade, according to
the state Department of Education.

The accident, that also harmed Isabelle’s triplet sisters and
an 11-year-old boy, occurred when a dump lorry struck a bus,
sending it spinning into a roadside pole. In all, 17 Chesterfield
Elementary School students were injured.

An review into a pile-up is being led by a National
Transportation Safety Board, that says a nine-member group “will
examine any student-passenger insurance issues compared with
this crash.” The group is meddlesome in a pile-up since New
Jersey is one of 6 states that requires seat-belt use on school
buses, pronounced Pete Kotowsky, an NTSB investigator-in-chief.

Before Thursday’s crash, a tyro was final killed on a train in
the mid-’90s, when a lady in Red Bank, Monmouth County, struck her
head on a stick while disposition out of a window to call to friends,
according to a state Department of Education. The genocide prompted
changes so that train windows now are not far-reaching adequate for a child to
lean out.

Jim Wallace, boss of a New Jersey School Bus Owners
Association, pronounced he feels a state is “ahead of a curve” when
it comes to train safety.

Wallace remarkable that all propagandize buses are compulsory to undergo
rigorous state inspections twice a year, as good as mixed checks
by a motorist and busing association themselves.

“They are constantly being looked at,” he said. “They are
constantly being monitored.”

The emanate of belting students into buses, however, can be a
contentious one.

Last summer, a NHTSA deserted a petition by reserve advocates
who sought a sovereign charge to need propagandize train chair belts.

In explaining a decision, a group pronounced bus-crash victims
typically are killed by impact with another automobile or object, and
that in those circumstances, “seat belts will not be effective in
preventing a fatality.”

In a 2002 report, a group remarkable that shoulder-lap belts would
be effective in shortening fatalities, though that mandating their use
in buses would be expensive. “The advantages would be achieved during a
cost of between $23 (million) and $36 million per homogeneous life
saved,” NHTSA stated.

In Thursday’s crash, a dump lorry strike a train in a rear
driver’s side. The train afterwards spun into a application pole.

Information has not been expelled as to either a tyro who
was killed or those who were critically harmed were wearing their
seat belts. In New Jersey, buses are usually compulsory to be equipped
with path belts.

While New Jersey law mandates a belts be worn, Arthur Yeager,
co-founder of a National Coalition for School Bus Safety, pronounced he
believes many propagandize districts destroy to make it.

“The problem is that in ubiquitous a districts have ignored
it,” Yeager said.

However, a state preparation mouthpiece remarkable that, according to
the School Transportation Supervisors of New Jersey, “the vast
majority” of districts embody correct use of chair belts on the
school train in their tyro fortify policies and procedures.

School train drivers can write students adult for unwell to use seat
belts. The students’ principals are afterwards compulsory to fortify the
students according to a districts’ policies and procedures, the
spokeswoman settled in an email.

Yeager’s bloc is of a opinion that chair belts would be
beneficial in scarcely all crashes. The bloc was among those
petitioning a NHTSA for a sovereign charge to need seat-belt

Yeager pronounced it creates no clarity that children are compulsory to
buckle adult in their parent’s automobile though not in a bus.

“The initial time that many children float in a engine vehicle
unrestrained, as absurd as it seems, is when they start
kindergarten and get on a propagandize bus,” he said.

While Dellinger pronounced he believes that many students, especially
younger ones, do use their chair belts, he pronounced a motorist can usually do
so most to safeguard kids bend up.

“They can’t make a kids put them on,” Dellinger said. “They
are ostensible to advise it, though they can’t force a kids to use

This is an AP member sell story.

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