Trains

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.

1 week 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Amtrak's modernization effort is underway. If it remains nimble, it can take advantage of shifts in consumer behavior as car ownership declines and travelers look to avoid the headache of heading to the airport for a short flight.

2 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Brian Sumers, Skift

Amtrak needed someone to come in and run it like a private business. Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson was probably the right choice. He knows how to turn things around, even if he may ruffle a few feathers along the way.

2 months ago

Hong Kong Protesters Derail Train Travel to Airport, Disneyland

Hong Kong Protesters Derail Train Travel to Airport, Disneyland

Aaron Mc Nicholas, Bloomberg

In another blow to Hong Kong’s tourism industry, protesters caused major disruptions to the airport Sunday while train operator MTR is forced to suspend services, including to the international airport and Disneyland.

3 months ago

U.S. Airlines, Railways and Car Drivers Struggle With Antiquated Infrastructure

U.S. Airlines, Railways and Car Drivers Struggle With Antiquated Infrastructure

Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg

U.S. politicians agree on little. But there's consensus the country must improve its infrastructure. Now lawmakers need to get serious about spending money.

3 months ago

UK Leaves Interrail Scheme — and Then Promptly Rejoins After Public Response

UK Leaves Interrail Scheme — and Then Promptly Rejoins After Public Response

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Britain's Rail Development Group contends it's not leaving the Interrail scheme for reasons related to Brexit. But the optics and timing of the move aren't great — not to mention it goes against several global trends in travel at the moment.

3 months ago

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Chiara Albanese and John Follain, Bloomberg

Italy's ruling government is split on whether to give a green light to the project, which would create a multi-billion euro tunnel for high-speed rail through the Alps to France. But observers have grown more optimistic based on recent statements by officials.

4 months ago

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

Political shenanigans and rivalries stand in the way of much-needed improvements to Amtrak's operations in New York. Who knows if they'll ever be completed given Trump's animosity for his rivals.

5 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.

5 months ago