Trains

U.S. Travelers Are Returning to Europe, Eurostar Says

U.S. Travelers Are Returning to Europe, Eurostar Says

Andrea Rothman and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

American are returning to Europe. They're lured by the increased buying power of the dollar relative to the euro and pound, due to currency shifts.

7 days ago

New York’s Grand Central Terminal Strives to Be a Destination in Its Own Right

New York’s Grand Central Terminal Strives to Be a Destination in Its Own Right

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Grand Central Terminal's main concourse is well known worldwide for its constellation-covered ceiling. But tourists who are willing to peek around its corners will find many more delights.

4 weeks ago

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elaine Ou, Bloomberg

New York's subway system saw dozens of catastrophes over the years, but New York also has the only transit system in the country that can compete with world-class systems abroad.

1 month ago

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Associated Press

The full idealism of European integration was perhaps best captured by the ability to ride a train among multiple countries without having to stop for passport checks. A new agreement may be the first step toward a return to the old days of ID queries. It's part of a security crackdown across Europe in the wake of recent terrorism.

2 months ago

China To Spend $125 Billion Per Year to Expand Rail Network by 2020

China To Spend $125 Billion Per Year to Expand Rail Network by 2020

Associated Press

China officials are making a big push to ramp up infrastructure spending. Sound familiar? They are actually doing it, though.

3 months ago

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

David Shepardson, Reuters

The Northeast Corridor rail lines serve a staggering number of travelers, and are long overdue for upgrades that would allow the high-speed Acela train to live up to its name. Improved train service would also relieve some of the mounting pressure on roads. Trump has pledged to spend billions on infrastructure projects like this, but will it really happen?

3 months ago

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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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 months 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.

6 months ago