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Skift Backstage Podcast: SilverRail CEO on Tackling Trains in a Digital Age

Skift Backstage Podcast: SilverRail CEO on Tackling Trains in a Digital Age

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The "train guy" has a lot to say about why rail travel is still hard to book — and how that might start getting easier.

6 days ago

China’s New $36 Billion Rail Plan Aims to Make Its Capital More Connected

China’s New $36 Billion Rail Plan Aims to Make Its Capital More Connected

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

China's major investments in new airports in recent years have helped increase the number of outbound travelers. But most Chinese travelers still travel strictly domestically, largely due to cost, and improved rail connections between major hubs is a key play to help grow China's domestic travel market.

1 week ago

Video: Travel’s Next Big Challenge Is Connecting Our Global Megacities

Video: Travel’s Next Big Challenge Is Connecting Our Global Megacities

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Rail and local connections usually get the short shrift in discussions of travel. Unless you're talking to SilverRail's Gowell, that is.

2 weeks ago

India’s Massive Rail Network Still Needs a Revitalization Plan

India’s Massive Rail Network Still Needs a Revitalization Plan

Nirmala George, Associated Press

India's more than 160-year-old rail network needs a massive reinvestment and improvement plan to keep India's lifeline from crumbling under strain as India's economy continues to necessitate increased travel. India's government launched such a plan in 2015, but no one knows how much investment has actually reached the railroads most in need of repair.

3 weeks ago

Hyperloop One, Dubai to Study Possible Line to Abu Dhabi

Hyperloop One, Dubai to Study Possible Line to Abu Dhabi

Jon Gambrell , Associated Press

A 12-minute commute from Dubai to Abu Dhabi? That's not a bad little jaunt if the hype in Hyperloop turns out to be merely a coincidence. The test is in line with Dubai's penchant to be a first-mover and to do things big.

4 weeks ago

New Bill Would Bring Terrorist Watch List Check to U.S. Rail Travel

New Bill Would Bring Terrorist Watch List Check to U.S. Rail Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

If this bill passes, it looks like ridiculously long security lines could hit U.S. train stations in coming years.

3 months ago

Japan is Readying For World’s Biggest Railway IPO in More Than Two Decades

Japan is Readying For World’s Biggest Railway IPO in More Than Two Decades

Taku Kato and Chris Cooper, Bloomberg

Tourism demand in Japan is on the rise in recent years and visitors will be looking for a high-end customer experience that matches or exceeds what they'd receive in the air.

3 months ago

Amtrak’s New CEO Is a Freight Rail Veteran

Amtrak’s New CEO Is a Freight Rail Veteran

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

As Amtrak works hard to redefine itself as a leisure travel option, it knows that working with the freight train companies it shares the rails with will be a crucial undertaking in that transformation.

4 months ago

Texas Thinks its High-Speed Rail Plans Will Win Where Others Have Hit Roadblocks

Texas Thinks its High-Speed Rail Plans Will Win Where Others Have Hit Roadblocks

Tim Jones and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg

U.S. high-speed rail will continue to be imaginative until all states get on the same page about how to fund these projects.

5 months ago

A High-Speed Train Between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Could Soon Be a Reality

A High-Speed Train Between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Could Soon Be a Reality

Nikita Mathur, Bloomberg

A bullet train traveling between both countries would be a boon not only for tourism, but also for business. Having seen the positive impact high-speed trains have on tourism and economies in Asia, it makes us wonder why bullet trains haven't yet made their way to the Americas?

5 months ago

Elon Musk Finds a Booster in Putin as Russia Funds Hyperloop Project

Elon Musk Finds a Booster in Putin as Russia Funds Hyperloop Project

Ilya Khrennikov and Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg

Elon Musk's global ambitions are finding a ready audience in Russia and potentially much of the rest of Europe.

5 months ago

Amtrak Enters the Departure Lounge Game — Skift Business Traveler

Amtrak Enters the Departure Lounge Game — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

Perhaps the hardest part for Amtrak will be to make travelers at New York Penn Station forget that they are in the fourth or fifth level of hell. Pretty lights and a good paint job can only take you so far when the infrastructure is literally crumbling around you.

5 months ago