Articles tagged “high-speed rail”

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

The fantasy of true high-speed rail in the U.S. — something faster than the current Acela that would actually attract tourists — is mesmerizing. But this writer has a point: A transit system that better links commuters to their jobs would benefit more people.

10 months ago

Florida’s New Higher-Speed Rail Has the Highest Death Rate in the U.S.

Florida’s New Higher-Speed Rail Has the Highest Death Rate in the U.S.

Terry Spencer, Associated Press

It’s not entirely clear why the Brightline has so many more fatalities than other trains, but its higher speeds may be a factor. The rail is hoping to put up signs around the tracks and install new regulations to keep people out of the train’s path.

11 months ago

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Chiara Albanese and John Follain, Bloomberg

Italy's ruling government is split on whether to give a green light to the project, which would create a multi-billion euro tunnel for high-speed rail through the Alps to France. But observers have grown more optimistic based on recent statements by officials.

1 year ago

Olympic Tourists to Paris Will Find No Direct Airport-City Rail Link

Olympic Tourists to Paris Will Find No Direct Airport-City Rail Link

William Horobin, Bloomberg

Government officials are prioritizing the needs of Parisian residents over tourist needs. The city plans to offer extra service on one of its existing rail lines instead — but considering the likely massive influx of visitors, will that be enough?

1 year ago

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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago