Trains

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

Maybe California’s high-speed rail agency should spend less time suing the federal government over lost grants and more time focusing on cost overruns for the state’s beleaguered bullet train. Rail can be a less-carbon-intensive form of travel, but taxpayer money should be spent wisely.

5 days ago

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

Japan competes with China in building the world's fastest trains. Around 2030, JR East’s Alfa-X bullet train may become Japan's fastest-ever bullet train in service, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour. But expect China to respond in kind.

2 weeks ago

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Eileen Ng, Associated Press

Money talks. After months of uncertainty, it seems like the plan is back on track.

1 month ago

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

While most developed countries enjoy modern, high-speed rail travel, the U.S. is way behind. By the time it catches up, driverless cars with long-life batteries could supersede trains or perhaps climate change may have begun to wreak havoc.

3 months ago

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Anisah Shukry and Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Malaysia has been a tease. For months it has hinted that if China reduced the price tag by billions, it might once again support a high-speed rail project that is central to China's push into Southeast Asia. Hopefully, a deal will be announced soon.

3 months ago

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

If done right, California would have embraced high-speed rail. But it had become apparent to many state residents this project was a boondoggle and was not likely to provide the benefits politicians once promised. Perhaps someday, California will try again.

3 months ago

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After low cost carriers, the next big thing that will change the way Asians travel could be rail. A rail-volution is in the air and online travel platforms want in. But it’s not that easy. Here’s why.

3 months ago

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

You can't help but root for Richard Branson and Wes Edens. Who doesn't want to see passenger rail service in the U.S. enter the 21st century, especially if you've been on ho-hum Amtrak recently?

4 months ago

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

Reducing costs by 50 percent on rail construction is rare. Either China will subsidize the East Coast Rail Link, which is key to its infrastructure push into Southeast Asia, or there will be cutbacks on the project. What's clear, it's not derailed yet.

4 months ago

Eurotunnel Dreads Brexit as Much as Everyone Else

Eurotunnel Dreads Brexit as Much as Everyone Else

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

Even if you agree with the ideas behind Brexit pushers, you have to agree that everything that's been accomplished under its name is dumber than you could have previously imagined. Transport is just one of many issues.

4 months ago

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Elffie Chew and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

The Malaysian government will likely cancel The East Coast Rail Link — which would connect Malaysia to Thailand — due to a price tag that's been spiraling upward. While new transport infrastructure is usually good, emerging economies must choose projects with care.

4 months ago

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Elise Young, Bloomberg

Amtrak is spending billions on new stations and faster tracks along the Northeast U.S. corridor, the nation's busiest train route. But the railway operator's work will be useless if any of the tunnels or rail bridges connecting New York with New Jersey and Connecticut falter.

4 months ago