Trains

Korean Peace Talks Could Lead to Rail Upgrades and Links Between North and South

Korean Peace Talks Could Lead to Rail Upgrades and Links Between North and South

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press

Better trains and railways would be another key step in opening up North Korea to outsiders, and the government is actually admitting this. We will see how far this actually gets with sanctions still in place.

3 weeks ago

UK Rail Company Will Restart Popular Tourist Route For Summer Season

UK Rail Company Will Restart Popular Tourist Route For Summer Season

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

That West Coast Railways will offer its Lake line free to passengers speaks volumes to the impact it believes the route could have.

4 weeks ago

Elon Musk to Build High-Speed Transit to Chicago O’Hare Airport

Elon Musk to Build High-Speed Transit to Chicago O’Hare Airport

Associated Press

Chicago is already ahead of New York in connecting its far-away airport to downtown. Cutting that 40-minute train trip down to 12 minutes could produce more demand than these electric vehicles can handle.

1 month ago

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

High-speed rail in the U.S. feels impossible. Tracks are garbage in the Northeast, Wisconsin rejected its funding, Florida just now made a baby step, and the price tag on all this is shocking. But zipping from San Francisco down to Los Angeles comfortably is too sweet a dream to give up on.

2 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.

2 months ago

The Potential of a High-Speed Florida Train: Miami to Orlando Eventually

The Potential of a High-Speed Florida Train: Miami to Orlando Eventually

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

The Brightline high-speed train caters to commuters now in South Florida, but Orlando is scheduled to be a destination eventually. That has to have more than a few theme park executives excited.

2 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

Macron Switches to TV to Push French Rail Reform

Macron Switches to TV to Push French Rail Reform

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

Trump-like in his distaste for the media, France's Emmanuel Macron is resorting to TV interviews to push his remaking of the French rail system. The unions aren't going down, though, without a fight.

3 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!

4 months ago

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Japan Bullet Train Passengers Carrying Luggage Signaled Tourism Growth

Livia Yap and Abhishek Vishno, Bloomberg

Japan's bullet trains have succeeded in getting travelers to use them. Tourism growth throughout the country has had a positive economic impact.

4 months ago

Eurostar Tech Update Signals Action in Once-Sleepy Rail Sector

Eurostar Tech Update Signals Action in Once-Sleepy Rail Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

There used to be only two ways for railways to make money: luck and state handouts. But that's changing, as countries look at privatization and as railways look to technology to streamline operations. Sqills and SilverRail are two tech vendors that smell an opportunity.

4 months ago