Articles tagged “trains”

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.

2 days 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.

1 month ago

London Heathrow Express Train to Downtown is Getting Competition

London Heathrow Express Train to Downtown is Getting Competition

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Heathrow Express is a good option for travelers willing to pay a premium for a speedy trip into central London. But this new option, called Crossrail, might be a better product for many passengers. It'll take a little longer, but it's expected to have more stations and cost much less.

2 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elaine Ou, Bloomberg

New York's subway system saw dozens of catastrophes over the years, but New York also has the only transit system in the country that can compete with world-class systems abroad.

6 months ago

GoEuro’s First Priority After $70 Million in New Funding Is Raising Awareness

GoEuro’s First Priority After $70 Million in New Funding Is Raising Awareness

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It has taken a long time for rail companies and governments to loosen their grip on the data they control. Now that its happened, GoEuro and others operating in multi-modal metasearch are well placed to take advantage.

11 months ago

Amtrak Crash Investigators Are Focusing on Human Error

Amtrak Crash Investigators Are Focusing on Human Error

Angela Greiling Keane, Bloomberg

Let's focus on the safety systems to prevent crashes rather than a video to see who's to blame. Because we've had C-Span for years, and that hasn't kept Amtrak from being dangerously underfunded.

2 years ago

Discounts Buses With Curbside Service Attracting Next Generation of Travelers

Discounts Buses With Curbside Service Attracting Next Generation of Travelers

Ian Simpson, Reuters

Discounts bus services are driving through a big gap, and grabbing an opportunity. Competitiion is great for travelers as they navigate toward an alternative to trains and and a long commute to the airport.

3 years ago

Boulder Derails Tourist Train and Kills 2 in the French Alps

Boulder Derails Tourist Train and Kills 2 in the French Alps

Associated Press

Tourists have been injured and killed in several European train accidents this past year. Other incidents involved passengers onboard high-speed trains.

4 years ago

South Africa Train Collision Highlights Need for Public Transit Upgrade

Reuters

South Africa is in the process of improving its outdated public transit options, especially its rail network that was build more than 60 years ago. Collisions such as this have a way of making leaders move more quickly.

4 years ago

The UK Is Testing a Digital Transit Pass Based on ‘The Fifth Element’

The UK Is Testing a Digital Transit Pass Based on ‘The Fifth Element’

Rupert Jones, The Guardian

Contactless payments are paving the way to all-in-one transit passes that could some day make lines for metro passes look outdated. But overhauling city infrastructure is a costly and time-intensive project that means that reality is still far off.

4 years ago