Trains

Belmond Looks to Solidify Its Brand Image Against Competitor With Its Old Name

Belmond Looks to Solidify Its Brand Image Against Competitor With Its Old Name

Laura Powell, Skift

While part of the goal of Belmond's new branding campaign is to establish itself as an entity apart from its former Orient Express moniker, we wonder if the images it presents may be just a little too reminiscent of its former self.

3 days ago

Amtrak CEO-In-Waiting Richard Anderson Boasts About Rail Line’s Seat Quality

Amtrak CEO-In-Waiting Richard Anderson Boasts About Rail Line’s Seat Quality

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Yes, on short routes between big cities, Amtrak is competitive with airlines. And if new CEO Richard Anderson improves the rail line's on-time performance, perhaps more customers will try Amtrak. But in the United States, rail likely will never be a viable option for many. It's not ubiquitous enough.

1 month ago

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Amtrak's new videos speak the truth about the easy comfort of train travel, while flying basic economy is rife with pain points. But how many flyers will become rail-converts for the comfort?

1 month ago

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

High-Speed Rail in India Finds Momentum as Japan Sells It Shinkansen Tech

Anurag Kotoky and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Updating a rail system is a painful and expensive process, but India will enjoy serious benefits down the line from using Japan's gold standard of rail tech. The Northeastern U.S. could take a cue here.

1 month ago

European Train Operators Want Slice Of UK Rail Companies Ahead of Brexit

European Train Operators Want Slice Of UK Rail Companies Ahead of Brexit

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

How the UK's transportation infrastructure will remain connected to mainland Europe is a question that will continue to loom large as Brexit talks roll on.

2 months ago

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists

Sterling Wong , Bloomberg

It looks like commuters in New York City and Singapore have a lot in common these days. If both cities don't improve their public transit systems, it's a lose-lose situation not only for locals but tourists, too.

2 months ago

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Lux Bus Startup Hopes Design and Flat Beds Will Make Overnight Trips Appealing

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cabin seeks to bring style and a "moving hotel" approach to the overnight bus journey. They've nailed the design and approach, but will Californians choose it over flying?

3 months ago

U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do

U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do

Associated Press

Senator Schumer's opposition won't be enough to dissuade Amtrak from installing economy seats and mounting an initiative to increase ancillary revenue. Hellooo: Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson is the new Amtrak CEO. Enough said.

3 months ago

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press

The population density of the Northeast begs for better high-speed rail. Updating the infrastructure may disturb some areas, but as with New York's Penn Station, the status quo is unsustainable.

3 months ago

Transport for London’s Adoption of Contactless Payments Really Worked

Transport for London’s Adoption of Contactless Payments Really Worked

Dave Montali, Skift

Identifying payment trends among consumers not only improves the customer experience but also allows businesses to create new operating models built around the improved speed and ease of transacting.

3 months ago

Old School Train Travel Is Being Positioned as New School Luxury

Old School Train Travel Is Being Positioned as New School Luxury

Laura Powell, Skift

As with river cruising, luxury train travel allows travelers to take their luxury with them from place to place, ensuring the same quality of lodging, no matter the locale.

5 months ago

Governors to Amtrak: Busiest Rail Station in the U.S. Needs a Private Operator

Governors to Amtrak: Busiest Rail Station in the U.S. Needs a Private Operator

Tom McElroy, Associated Press

You wouldn't know by looking at the basket case that is Penn Station, but rail is actually market-driven in some countries.

5 months ago