Articles tagged “high-speed rail”

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

Maybe California’s high-speed rail agency should spend less time suing the federal government over lost grants and more time focusing on cost overruns for the state’s beleaguered bullet train. Rail can be a less-carbon-intensive form of travel, but taxpayer money should be spent wisely.

3 days ago

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

Japan competes with China in building the world's fastest trains. Around 2030, JR East’s Alfa-X bullet train may become Japan's fastest-ever bullet train in service, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour. But expect China to respond in kind.

2 weeks ago

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

While most developed countries enjoy modern, high-speed rail travel, the U.S. is way behind. By the time it catches up, driverless cars with long-life batteries could supersede trains or perhaps climate change may have begun to wreak havoc.

3 months ago

U.S. Wants Money Back After California Mostly Scraps High-Speed Rail Plan

U.S. Wants Money Back After California Mostly Scraps High-Speed Rail Plan

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

California's high-speed rail plan did not go as expected, and there will be no high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles. But what's done is done. It's hard to believe the federal government can recoup money it already spent on the project.

3 months ago

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Anisah Shukry and Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Malaysia has been a tease. For months it has hinted that if China reduced the price tag by billions, it might once again support a high-speed rail project that is central to China's push into Southeast Asia. Hopefully, a deal will be announced soon.

3 months ago

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

If done right, California would have embraced high-speed rail. But it had become apparent to many state residents this project was a boondoggle and was not likely to provide the benefits politicians once promised. Perhaps someday, California will try again.

3 months ago

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Elise Young, Bloomberg

Amtrak is spending billions on new stations and faster tracks along the Northeast U.S. corridor, the nation's busiest train route. But the railway operator's work will be useless if any of the tunnels or rail bridges connecting New York with New Jersey and Connecticut falter.

4 months ago

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

Let's hope Virgin is only lending its branding skills here: The Virgin-run rail line in the UK is a poster child for incompetence.

6 months ago

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Linking up international airports would be great news for Thailand's tourism industry but as always with these big infrastructure projects, it's about weighing up the costs and benefits.

6 months ago

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

Jill Ward, Bloomberg

The planned 316-mile rail link between the western cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad is the most eye-catching symbol of the infrastructure ambitions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be delayed, but the more important question is if the Japanese-built trains can be self-sustaining revenue-wise.

7 months ago

China’s Bullet Trains Pose a Threat to Hong Kong Airlines

China’s Bullet Trains Pose a Threat to Hong Kong Airlines

Prudence Ho and Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

More turbulent skies lie ahead for Hong Kong-based carriers like Cathay.

8 months ago

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

High-speed rail in the U.S. feels impossible. Tracks are garbage in the Northeast, Wisconsin rejected its funding, Florida just now made a baby step, and the price tag on all this is shocking. But zipping from San Francisco down to Los Angeles comfortably is too sweet a dream to give up on.

1 year ago