Trains

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.

4 weeks ago

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Anisah Shukry and Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Malaysia has been a tease. For months it has hinted that if China reduced the price tag by billions, it might once again support a high-speed rail project that is central to China's push into Southeast Asia. Hopefully, a deal will be announced soon.

4 weeks ago

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

If done right, California would have embraced high-speed rail. But it had become apparent to many state residents this project was a boondoggle and was not likely to provide the benefits politicians once promised. Perhaps someday, California will try again.

1 month ago

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Rail Is the Next Big Thing for Asia’s Online Travel Platforms

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After low cost carriers, the next big thing that will change the way Asians travel could be rail. A rail-volution is in the air and online travel platforms want in. But it’s not that easy. Here’s why.

1 month ago

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

You can't help but root for Richard Branson and Wes Edens. Who doesn't want to see passenger rail service in the U.S. enter the 21st century, especially if you've been on ho-hum Amtrak recently?

2 months ago

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

Reducing costs by 50 percent on rail construction is rare. Either China will subsidize the East Coast Rail Link, which is key to its infrastructure push into Southeast Asia, or there will be cutbacks on the project. What's clear, it's not derailed yet.

2 months ago

Eurotunnel Dreads Brexit as Much as Everyone Else

Eurotunnel Dreads Brexit as Much as Everyone Else

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

Even if you agree with the ideas behind Brexit pushers, you have to agree that everything that's been accomplished under its name is dumber than you could have previously imagined. Transport is just one of many issues.

2 months ago

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Elffie Chew and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

The Malaysian government will likely cancel The East Coast Rail Link — which would connect Malaysia to Thailand — due to a price tag that's been spiraling upward. While new transport infrastructure is usually good, emerging economies must choose projects with care.

2 months ago

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Elise Young, Bloomberg

Amtrak is spending billions on new stations and faster tracks along the Northeast U.S. corridor, the nation's busiest train route. But the railway operator's work will be useless if any of the tunnels or rail bridges connecting New York with New Jersey and Connecticut falter.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago