Trains

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Brian Sumers, Skift

Amtrak needed someone to come in and run it like a private business. Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson was probably the right choice. He knows how to turn things around, even if he may ruffle a few feathers along the way.

1 week ago

Hong Kong Protesters Derail Train Travel to Airport, Disneyland

Hong Kong Protesters Derail Train Travel to Airport, Disneyland

Aaron Mc Nicholas, Bloomberg

In another blow to Hong Kong’s tourism industry, protesters caused major disruptions to the airport Sunday while train operator MTR is forced to suspend services, including to the international airport and Disneyland.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Airlines, Railways and Car Drivers Struggle With Antiquated Infrastructure

U.S. Airlines, Railways and Car Drivers Struggle With Antiquated Infrastructure

Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg

U.S. politicians agree on little. But there's consensus the country must improve its infrastructure. Now lawmakers need to get serious about spending money.

2 weeks ago

UK Leaves Interrail Scheme — and Then Promptly Rejoins After Public Response

UK Leaves Interrail Scheme — and Then Promptly Rejoins After Public Response

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Britain's Rail Development Group contends it's not leaving the Interrail scheme for reasons related to Brexit. But the optics and timing of the move aren't great — not to mention it goes against several global trends in travel at the moment.

1 month ago

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Italy May Commit to Building a High-Speed Rail Tunnel Through the Alps

Chiara Albanese and John Follain, Bloomberg

Italy's ruling government is split on whether to give a green light to the project, which would create a multi-billion euro tunnel for high-speed rail through the Alps to France. But observers have grown more optimistic based on recent statements by officials.

2 months ago

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

Political shenanigans and rivalries stand in the way of much-needed improvements to Amtrak's operations in New York. Who knows if they'll ever be completed given Trump's animosity for his rivals.

3 months ago

Trainline Stock Jumps in IPO Trading Debut for European Rail Booking App

Trainline Stock Jumps in IPO Trading Debut for European Rail Booking App

Swetha Gopinath, Bloomberg

Trainline, the transport-booking app, saw investors giving their seal of approval to the fast-expanding company on its first day of trading. CEO Clare Gilmartin deserves props for having doubled annual ticket sales over three years to $4 billion (£3.2 billion) while also making the company profitable.

3 months ago

Bullet Train Prepping for Tokyo Olympics Breaks Speed Record

Bullet Train Prepping for Tokyo Olympics Breaks Speed Record

Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg

The Olympics are a great time to showcase a country's strengths. The speed record set Friday by a new shinkansen shouldn't surprise anyone that Japan is tops in trains.

4 months ago

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

Maybe California’s high-speed rail agency should spend less time suing the federal government over lost grants and more time focusing on cost overruns for the state’s beleaguered bullet train. Rail can be a less-carbon-intensive form of travel, but taxpayer money should be spent wisely.

4 months ago

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

Japan competes with China in building the world's fastest trains. Around 2030, JR East’s Alfa-X bullet train may become Japan's fastest-ever bullet train in service, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour. But expect China to respond in kind.

4 months ago

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Eileen Ng, Associated Press

Money talks. After months of uncertainty, it seems like the plan is back on track.

5 months ago

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

High-Speed Rail Link From Houston to Dallas to Take Private Sector Funding Route

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

While most developed countries enjoy modern, high-speed rail travel, the U.S. is way behind. By the time it catches up, driverless cars with long-life batteries could supersede trains or perhaps climate change may have begun to wreak havoc.

7 months ago