Trains

Traveling Across Europe Is Extra Complex During a Pandemic

Traveling Across Europe Is Extra Complex During a Pandemic

Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters

What a saga!

3 weeks ago

Amtrak Makes Plea to Congress for Another $1.5 Billion Bailout

Amtrak Makes Plea to Congress for Another $1.5 Billion Bailout

David Shepardson, Reuters

Bailout has become a dirty word. But despite its enormous size, the United States needs efficient rail transportation. Amtrak isn't perfect, but it's the best we've got. It needs to stay in business.

1 month ago

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Brian Sumers, Skift

Amtrak wanted to break even this year on an operating basis. That was a nice goal, but it was all academic. Amtrak is the U.S. national railway, and the government will do what it must to keep it running.

2 months ago

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Richard Anderson deserves kudos for having helped to revitalize Amtrak in his three years as CEO. The former Delta Air Lines top boss put the U.S. railway operator on track to its first-ever operating profit while also improving its safety record.

4 months ago

Operator of World’s Largest High-Speed Rail Network Plans IPO

Operator of World’s Largest High-Speed Rail Network Plans IPO

Dong Cao, Bloomberg

By offering shares in the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co., the Chinese government is clearly looking to counter some hurdles President Trump's trade war has put in place for foreign investment.

6 months ago

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

The fantasy of true high-speed rail in the U.S. — something faster than the current Acela that would actually attract tourists — is mesmerizing. But this writer has a point: A transit system that better links commuters to their jobs would benefit more people.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Florida’s New Higher-Speed Rail Has the Highest Death Rate in the U.S.

Florida’s New Higher-Speed Rail Has the Highest Death Rate in the U.S.

Terry Spencer, Associated Press

It’s not entirely clear why the Brightline has so many more fatalities than other trains, but its higher speeds may be a factor. The rail is hoping to put up signs around the tracks and install new regulations to keep people out of the train’s path.

7 months ago

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson has been spearheading a revamp of the U.S. national railway through boosting safety, driving more profits from its co-branded credit card, and creating a mix of more low-cost and premium services in the U.S. northeastern corridor. Anderson's tricky balance is being ambitious while trimming longstanding losses.

8 months ago

Europe’s Rail Companies Want to Exploit Flight Shame

Europe’s Rail Companies Want to Exploit Flight Shame

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Flight shame is making Europe's rail companies smile. But there's still a lot to do before they could topple the airlines as the preferred mode of transport on the continent.

8 months ago

Amtrak Is Running Late as It Begins to Tackle Single-Use Plastics

Amtrak Is Running Late as It Begins to Tackle Single-Use Plastics

Micheline Maynard, Skift

Other global rail companies are speeding ahead of Amtrak in reducing single-use plastics, but Amtrak is trying to make up the time.

8 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.

9 months ago