Articles tagged “rail”

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.

1 day ago

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Berlin App Has Grand Ambitions to Handle All Transport Modes

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

The app sounds like a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether all of the incumbent transit systems, with their vested interests, will hop along for the ride.

5 days ago

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Transportation Booker GoEuro Changing Name to Omio

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A new name shows that GoEuro has ambitions outside of Europe. Can it deliver on this promise?

1 week ago

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

Reducing costs by 50 percent on rail construction is rare. Either China will subsidize the East Coast Rail Link, which is key to its infrastructure push into Southeast Asia, or there will be cutbacks on the project. What's clear, it's not derailed yet.

3 weeks ago

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Elffie Chew and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

The Malaysian government will likely cancel The East Coast Rail Link — which would connect Malaysia to Thailand — due to a price tag that's been spiraling upward. While new transport infrastructure is usually good, emerging economies must choose projects with care.

4 weeks 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 weeks ago

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

In any country, it's awfully easy to decide against a new rail project, due to both the financial and environmental tolls.

2 months ago

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Paul Biasco, Skift

Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel.

3 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.

3 months ago

Bombardier Debuts a Battery-Powered Train in Berlin

Bombardier Debuts a Battery-Powered Train in Berlin

Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

In theory, hybrid electric trains should contribute far less to global climate disruption than today's diesel-powered trains. Bombardier's research and development work may also catalyze lucrative new businesses.

5 months ago

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Thailand's military government plans to connect the country's three major airports by rail. The links would be a boon to travelers in a country that expects a record 40 million visitors this year.

5 months ago

GoEuro Touts Growth in Ground Transport But Sees No Profit in Sight

GoEuro Touts Growth in Ground Transport But Sees No Profit in Sight

Sean O'Neill, Skift

GoEuro CEO Naren Shaam said his company is having strong growth in helping consumers book intercity trips on their smartphones. But can he guide his company into profitability?

6 months ago