Trains

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists

Singapore’s Outdated Mass Transit System Is Causing Problems for Commuters, Tourists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

4 days 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?

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

Expedia to Buy Rail Distributor SilverRail Technologies

Expedia to Buy Rail Distributor SilverRail Technologies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia recognized some time ago that it needed to wire up rail providers, particularly in Europe and Asia, and now it is securing a technology leader in the space for its portfolio of transportation solutions.

3 months ago

Eurostar Sees Business Rise as Brexit Fears Subside

Eurostar Sees Business Rise as Brexit Fears Subside

Christopher Jasper , Bloomberg

European tourism numbers seem to be on an upswing for now, but once Brexit takes full effect, will that still be the case?

3 months ago

Japanese Rail Has a New Hyper-Luxury Commute from Tokyo to Hokkaido

Japanese Rail Has a New Hyper-Luxury Commute from Tokyo to Hokkaido

Colin Nagy, Skift

Japan ups the ante on luxurious rail travel, and builds a product the operator thinks will diversify revenue sources. Now if only tickets could be had.

4 months ago

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Elise Young and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Travelers to New York depend on trains -- safety issues and chronic delays must be addressed before tackling the aesthetic horror that is Penn Station. Hopefully Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan will come through and finally make New York's rail system world-class.

4 months ago

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

So much for a big federal infrastructure initiative. The Trump administration has blocked funding for California's bullet train so the state is selling bonds to fund the high-speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles on its own.

4 months ago