Trains

Off-The-Rails Idea? Swiss Train Service Ponders Flying Taxis

Off-The-Rails Idea? Swiss Train Service Ponders Flying Taxis

Andy Hoffman, Bloomberg

Forget Uber to get to and from a train station. Switzerland is thinking bigger with a potential plan for flying taxis to transport passengers. It's a grand plan that has left some Swiss rightfully irritated.

5 days ago

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

In any country, it's awfully easy to decide against a new rail project, due to both the financial and environmental tolls.

4 weeks ago

Google Digs Deeper Into India With Where Is My Train Acquisition

Google Digs Deeper Into India With Where Is My Train Acquisition

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Google’s acquisition of Bangalore-based Where is my Train validates the growing importance of rail travel — and the anxiety among competitors of Google's growing reach into travel.

1 month ago

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Business travelers and commuters may be Amtrak's bread and butter, but many leisure travelers have decades of warm feelings for its sleeper cars, and the old-fashioned hospitality they afford.

1 month ago

Rail Service Stagecoach Shares Hit 2018 High Despite Looming Brexit

Rail Service Stagecoach Shares Hit 2018 High Despite Looming Brexit

Sam Unsted, Bloomberg

Some travel companies with strong interests in the UK are still pushing ahead despite the uncertainty of the forthcoming withdrawal, but so much remains up in the air.

1 month ago

What European Rail Companies Need to Do to Boost Growth From Tourism

What European Rail Companies Need to Do to Boost Growth From Tourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Rail travel is a complex beast and something the tourism industry has yet to fully embrace, but things are starting to change.

2 months ago

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

Let's hope Virgin is only lending its branding skills here: The Virgin-run rail line in the UK is a poster child for incompetence.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 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.

4 months ago