Articles tagged “trains”

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.

2 months 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.

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

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Swapping trains for buses will certainly worsen the lives of some passengers, but installing positive train control and preventing fatal accidents is urgent.

5 months ago

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.

9 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 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!

11 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago