Articles tagged “high-speed rail”

Environmental Reviews of California Bullet Train Pushed Back to 2020

Environmental Reviews of California Bullet Train Pushed Back to 2020

Associated Press

Will this high-speed rail train actually become a reality in our lifetime? We certainly hope so. But we also hope officials consider a route that has the least environmental impact as possible, too.

3 weeks ago

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

Associated Press

Building high-speed rail is a terribly slow process in the U.S., but this 15-minute stretch between Baltimore and D.C. is a good start. It would be welcome news for day-trippers and business travelers. But extending it to New York? Now we're talking.

2 months ago

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

Anurag Kotoky and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Updating a rail system is a painful and expensive process, but India will enjoy serious benefits down the line from using Japan's gold standard of rail tech. The Northeastern U.S. could take a cue here.

3 months ago

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

So much for a big federal infrastructure initiative. The Trump administration has blocked funding for California's bullet train so the state is selling bonds to fund the high-speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles on its own.

8 months ago

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Associated Press

The full idealism of European integration was perhaps best captured by the ability to ride a train among multiple countries without having to stop for passport checks. A new agreement may be the first step toward a return to the old days of ID queries. It's part of a security crackdown across Europe in the wake of recent terrorism.

11 months ago

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

David Shepardson, Reuters

The Northeast Corridor rail lines serve a staggering number of travelers, and are long overdue for upgrades that would allow the high-speed Acela train to live up to its name. Improved train service would also relieve some of the mounting pressure on roads. Trump has pledged to spend billions on infrastructure projects like this, but will it really happen?

12 months ago

Texas Thinks its High-Speed Rail Plans Will Win Where Others Have Hit Roadblocks

Texas Thinks its High-Speed Rail Plans Will Win Where Others Have Hit Roadblocks

Tim Jones and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg

U.S. high-speed rail will continue to be imaginative until all states get on the same page about how to fund these projects.

1 year ago

A High-Speed Train Between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Could Soon Be a Reality

A High-Speed Train Between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Could Soon Be a Reality

Nikita Mathur, Bloomberg

A bullet train traveling between both countries would be a boon not only for tourism, but also for business. Having seen the positive impact high-speed trains have on tourism and economies in Asia, it makes us wonder why bullet trains haven't yet made their way to the Americas?

1 year ago

Indonesia Scraps Bullet Train, Seeks New Bids From China, Japan

Indonesia Scraps Bullet Train, Seeks New Bids From China, Japan

Chris Brummitt and Neil Chatterjee, Bloomberg

Indonesia's transport minister is hampering China and Japan's efforts to export high-speed rail technology, citing the need only for more cost effective medium-speed rail.

2 years ago

Europe Considers Its Options for Smarter Security on Its Trains

Europe Considers Its Options for Smarter Security on Its Trains

Lori Hinnant and Lorne Cook, Associated Press

Europe's trains are still safer than the average movie theater in the U.S.

2 years ago

Reconsidering Railway Security After Thwarted Thalys Attack

Reconsidering Railway Security After Thwarted Thalys Attack

Andrea Rothman and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

Nobody wants airline-style boarding tactics for planes, but rail lines will need to continue to iterate on security rather than just sit tight and wait for a more severe attack.

2 years ago

Why High-Speed Rail Has Been a Nonstarter in the U.S.

Why High-Speed Rail Has Been a Nonstarter in the U.S.

Juliet Williams, Associated Press

The scale of the U.S. isn't really the reason there is no high-speed rail. Last time we looked, China is a big country, too.

2 years ago