Articles tagged “trains”

Europe’s Sleeper Trains Are Making Comeback in a Big Way

Europe’s Sleeper Trains Are Making Comeback in a Big Way

Catherine Bosley and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Siemens is making new trains with carriages that will give sleeper cars their first major redesign in six decades. That’s a good sign of a timely revival for night trains in Europe.

3 months ago

Germany Is 6 Months Away From Climate Tax on Air Travel

Germany Is 6 Months Away From Climate Tax on Air Travel

Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

Chancellor Merkel's push for trains over planes is good news for the greening of travel — and will enrich government coffers in the process. Higher plane ticket prices, however, will have a great impact on low-cost carriers.

4 months ago

Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Japan’s Wake-Up Call on Climate Change: Flooded Bullet Trains

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

The reality is that countries at risk must prepare for natural disasters of increasing frequency and intensity. Governments need to grapple with investment in emergency preparedness and infrastructure built to withstand events like Typhoon Hagibis that, while extremely costly, can no longer be neglected.

4 months ago

Trainline Stock Jumps in IPO Trading Debut for European Rail Booking App

Trainline Stock Jumps in IPO Trading Debut for European Rail Booking App

Swetha Gopinath, Bloomberg

Trainline, the transport-booking app, saw investors giving their seal of approval to the fast-expanding company on its first day of trading. CEO Clare Gilmartin deserves props for having doubled annual ticket sales over three years to $4 billion (£3.2 billion) while also making the company profitable.

8 months ago

Ctrip’s International Strategy Fuels TrainPal’s Hyper Growth

Ctrip’s International Strategy Fuels TrainPal’s Hyper Growth

Tamsin Smith, Jing Travel

The runaway success of the ticket booking app marks the latest development in the Chinese online travel giant’s strategy to strengthen its fast-growing international business.

8 months ago

European Rail Booking Site Trainline Looks at Being Next Big Travel IPO

European Rail Booking Site Trainline Looks at Being Next Big Travel IPO

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With consumers much more aware of the damaging environmental impact of air travel, other forms of transport are having a moment. It might be a good time for Trainline's private equity owners to sell up.

9 months 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.

10 months ago

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Eileen Ng, Associated Press

Money talks. After months of uncertainty, it seems like the plan is back on track.

11 months 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.

1 year ago

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Business travelers and commuters may be Amtrak's bread and butter, but many leisure travelers have decades of warm feelings for its sleeper cars, and the old-fashioned hospitality they afford.

1 year ago

What European Rail Companies Need to Do to Boost Growth From Tourism

What European Rail Companies Need to Do to Boost Growth From Tourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Rail travel is a complex beast and something the tourism industry has yet to fully embrace, but things are starting to change.

1 year 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.

1 year ago