Articles tagged “rail”

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Amtrak's new videos speak the truth about the easy comfort of train travel, while flying basic economy is rife with pain points. But how many flyers will become rail-converts for the comfort?

5 days 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.

5 days ago

European Train Operators Want Slice Of UK Rail Companies Ahead of Brexit

European Train Operators Want Slice Of UK Rail Companies Ahead of Brexit

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

How the UK's transportation infrastructure will remain connected to mainland Europe is a question that will continue to loom large as Brexit talks roll on.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Spent $148 Million to Buy SilverRail for Its Train Booking Tech

Expedia Spent $148 Million to Buy SilverRail for Its Train Booking Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia's purchase price for a majority stake in SilverRail was double the sum that SilverRail had raised from investors. The price tag was a multiple of the investment but not a stellar exit for shareholders.

3 weeks ago

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists

Sterling Wong , Bloomberg

It looks like commuters in New York City and Singapore have a lot in common these days. If both cities don't improve their public transit systems, it's a lose-lose situation not only for locals but tourists, too.

1 month ago

France’s Rail Operator Comes in for Some Heavy Criticism After Long Delays

France’s Rail Operator Comes in for Some Heavy Criticism After Long Delays

Bloomberg , Ania Nussbaum

With higher temperatures and more people traveling, the European summer is the time that travel issues get the most attention. Delays are likely to be a regular occurrence until France's rail network is upgraded.

2 months ago

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press

The population density of the Northeast begs for better high-speed rail. Updating the infrastructure may disturb some areas, but as with New York's Penn Station, the status quo is unsustainable.

2 months ago

Acquisition of Rail-Booking Site Loco2 Shows Sector’s Potential

Acquisition of Rail-Booking Site Loco2 Shows Sector’s Potential

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe may be criss-crossed by thousands of miles of rail track, but it has taken a long time to link each of the different countries. Train travelers who want to go between countries have not benefited from the single market approach that liberalized the aviation industry, and it has been left to startups like Loco2 to connect the different players.

3 months ago

Governors to Amtrak: Busiest Rail Station in the U.S. Needs a Private Operator

Governors to Amtrak: Busiest Rail Station in the U.S. Needs a Private Operator

Tom McElroy, Associated Press

You wouldn't know by looking at the basket case that is Penn Station, but rail is actually market-driven in some countries.

4 months ago

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Elise Young and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Travelers to New York depend on trains -- safety issues and chronic delays must be addressed before tackling the aesthetic horror that is Penn Station. Hopefully Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan will come through and finally make New York's rail system world-class.

5 months ago

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Says Private Funding Isn’t the Answer

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Says Private Funding Isn’t the Answer

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Privatization, the next illogical step after public-private partnerships, will become a mantra of the Trump Administration, but from prisons to toll roads, we've seen that privatization can be a mess. Lord help us all if efforts to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system, and others around the world, take hold.

8 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?

9 months ago