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Eurostar Adds Amsterdam in Ambitious Rail Network Expansion

Eurostar Adds Amsterdam in Ambitious Rail Network Expansion

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Brexit and competition from low-cost airlines aren't stopping Eurostar from a long-awaited and potentially lucrative expansion.

3 months ago

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

This is an embarrassment on every level for U.S. infrastructure.

3 months ago

The UK Government May Re-Nationalize London-Edinburgh Rail Route

The UK Government May Re-Nationalize London-Edinburgh Rail Route

Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Stagecoach's problems show the difficulty in running a franchise on the UK's fractured rail network. The public and some politicians want reform but it seems the government is happy to tinker around the edges rather than make wholesale changes.

4 months ago

High-Speed Rail Starting to Offer Real Alternatives to Flying

High-Speed Rail Starting to Offer Real Alternatives to Flying

Bloomberg, Richard Fan, Christopher Cannon and Justin Bachman

With air travel still a stressful experience for many travelers, it's not surprising that going by train is often more appealing. Reducing journey times on certain routes will no doubt help but so too will upgrading Wi-Fi and making carriages more comfortable.

4 months ago

Eurostar Names New CEO as It Prepares to Launch Amsterdam Service

Eurostar Names New CEO as It Prepares to Launch Amsterdam Service

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Eurostar's new CEO is arriving at an opportune moment. The much-delayed service between London and Amsterdam is set to launch this spring, adding another long-distance rail connection to a growing European network.

5 months ago

Amtrak Train Crashes Near Seattle, Multiple Fatalities Reported

Amtrak Train Crashes Near Seattle, Multiple Fatalities Reported

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

5 months ago

New German High-Speed Rail Link Looks to Take Business From Airlines

New German High-Speed Rail Link Looks to Take Business From Airlines

Associated Press

Although aviation liberalization has made flying within Europe much cheaper and easier, it doesn't always make sense. Using trains, especially high-speed ones, is often much more convenient.

6 months ago

Environmental Reviews of California Bullet Train Pushed Back to 2020

Environmental Reviews of California Bullet Train Pushed Back to 2020

Associated Press

Will this high-speed rail train actually become a reality in our lifetime? We certainly hope so. But we also hope officials consider a route that has the least environmental impact as possible, too.

6 months ago

Germany Will Get World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Trains in 2021

Germany Will Get World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Trains in 2021

Associated Press

While it doesn't sound like these hydrogen-powered trains will service Germany's major train routes, for the time being, this eco-friendly push is part of a larger trend that also includes some airlines starting to care about making their emissions cleaner.

7 months ago

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

Associated Press

Building high-speed rail is a terribly slow process in the U.S., but this 15-minute stretch between Baltimore and D.C. is a good start. It would be welcome news for day-trippers and business travelers. But extending it to New York? Now we're talking.

7 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

8 months ago