Articles tagged “trains”

UK Government Is Taking Over a Key Rail Route

UK Government Is Taking Over a Key Rail Route

Christopher Jasper and Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

The ruling Conservative Party doesn't like to talk about public ownership, but in this case they've had no choice. The UK's rail system is broken and needs a total shake-up.

1 week ago

Ridesharing and Buses See Opportunity in French Rail Strike

Ridesharing and Buses See Opportunity in French Rail Strike

Ania Nussbaum and Angeline Benoit, Bloomberg

When one mode of transportation goes on strike, others see an opportunity.

1 month ago

Pakistan’s Long-Distance Rail to Be Overhauled With China’s Help

Pakistan’s Long-Distance Rail to Be Overhauled With China’s Help

Ismail Dilawar and Chris Kay, Bloomberg

China's rekindling of the ancient Silk Road through a planned network of highways, railways, and pipelines linking it with Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe is having all sorts of knock-on effects changing tourism infrastructure. The West should take note.

1 month ago

French Rail Strike Expected to Be Highly Disruptive for a Second Day

French Rail Strike Expected to Be Highly Disruptive for a Second Day

Tara Patel, Bloomberg

The showdown between the French government and the unions will impact passengers from France to the UK. No one is in the mood for compromise yet so this will get worse before it gets better.

2 months ago

French Rail Workers Set to Strike and Disrupt Intercity Train Service

French Rail Workers Set to Strike and Disrupt Intercity Train Service

Associated Press

For travelers, the ugliest French word is gréve, or strike. But like it or not, France's largest rail union will be striking over the next few months to challenge proposed labor law changes. Mon Dieu!

2 months ago

High-Speed Rail Starting to Offer Real Alternatives to Flying

High-Speed Rail Starting to Offer Real Alternatives to Flying

Bloomberg, Richard Fan, Christopher Cannon and Justin Bachman

With air travel still a stressful experience for many travelers, it's not surprising that going by train is often more appealing. Reducing journey times on certain routes will no doubt help but so too will upgrading Wi-Fi and making carriages more comfortable.

4 months ago

Eurostar Names New CEO as It Prepares to Launch Amsterdam Service

Eurostar Names New CEO as It Prepares to Launch Amsterdam Service

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Eurostar's new CEO is arriving at an opportune moment. The much-delayed service between London and Amsterdam is set to launch this spring, adding another long-distance rail connection to a growing European network.

5 months ago

CEO Interview: Trainline Aims to Steal Airline Share Down the Line

CEO Interview: Trainline Aims to Steal Airline Share Down the Line

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Rail travel still remains a stubbornly offline mode of transport when it comes to booking a ticket. Companies like Trainline are trying to change this by making it easier to search and buy tickets across Europe.

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

Some more wild weather for a change following hurricanes in Ireland, the Caribbean and the U.S., as well as an earthquake in Mexico. Let's hope the human toll from this latest storm in Central Europe is kept to a minimum.

7 months ago

Record Heat and Wildfires Scorch U.S. West Over Holiday Weekend

Record Heat and Wildfires Scorch U.S. West Over Holiday Weekend

Justin Pritchard and Ellen Knickmeyer , Associated Press

A hurricane (Harvey) that dumps 24 to 30 inches on towns and cities within 24 hours, and rail-melting heat in San Francisco raise questions about whether these bizarre weather events are related to global warming. There's no proof but the issue has to be raised.

9 months ago

Trump Plan to Improve U.S. Infrastructure Is Going Nowhere for Now

Trump Plan to Improve U.S. Infrastructure Is Going Nowhere for Now

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A plan to invest in U.S. infrastructure was supposed to be a slam dunk for the Trump administration. Yet even with an experienced political operator such as the Secretary of Transportation, it's now unclear whether any robust plan will ever come to fruition.

9 months ago