Trains

Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Looks to Take Over Long-Distance Bus Service Ouibus

Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Looks to Take Over Long-Distance Bus Service Ouibus

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Rail operator SNCF also announced that it is has led a $113 million investment in BlaBlaCar as a new investor. Perhaps carpooling could prove to be a path to building a major travel brand.

3 days ago

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Linking up international airports would be great news for Thailand's tourism industry but as always with these big infrastructure projects, it's about weighing up the costs and benefits.

3 days ago

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

Jill Ward, Bloomberg

The planned 316-mile rail link between the western cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad is the most eye-catching symbol of the infrastructure ambitions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be delayed, but the more important question is if the Japanese-built trains can be self-sustaining revenue-wise.

4 weeks ago

Bombardier Debuts a Battery-Powered Train in Berlin

Bombardier Debuts a Battery-Powered Train in Berlin

Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

In theory, hybrid electric trains should contribute far less to global climate disruption than today's diesel-powered trains. Bombardier's research and development work may also catalyze lucrative new businesses.

2 months ago

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Swapping trains for buses will certainly worsen the lives of some passengers, but installing positive train control and preventing fatal accidents is urgent.

2 months ago

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Thailand's military government plans to connect the country's three major airports by rail. The links would be a boon to travelers in a country that expects a record 40 million visitors this year.

2 months ago

Proposed ‘Mayan’ Train for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Could Draw More Tourists

Proposed ‘Mayan’ Train for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Could Draw More Tourists

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

On paper, it sounds like a great idea for Mexico, down to reducing overtourism in some of the Yucatan's more popular spots by allowing access to more remote regions. But like any project of this scale, and with this price tag, politics and certain opposition loom.

3 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 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.

6 months ago