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Eurostar Tech Update Signals Action in Once-Sleepy Rail Sector

Eurostar Tech Update Signals Action in Once-Sleepy Rail Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

There used to be only two ways for railways to make money: luck and state handouts. But that's changing, as countries look at privatization and as railways look to technology to streamline operations. Sqills and SilverRail are two tech vendors that smell an opportunity.

5 months ago

France’s Rail System Is Falling Apart

France’s Rail System Is Falling Apart

Ania Nussbaum and Mark Deen, Bloomberg

France isn't the only country straining to make its rail system pay for itself. The U.S. has this problem, too, although Amtrak has been losing money for years and, like SNCF, isn't getting the investment it needs.

6 months ago

Senator Tells Trump Don’t Get Political With Vital Commuter Rail Tunnel

Senator Tells Trump Don’t Get Political With Vital Commuter Rail Tunnel

Jennifer Jacobs, Billy House and Justin Sink, Bloomberg

Trump's opposition to federal funding for the Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey is only the latest example of playing to his base outside the northeastern U.S. He talks about rebuilding the nation's infrastructure but that doesn't apply when it comes to projects in some Blue states.

6 months ago

China’s Bullet Trains Are Remaking Its Lunar New Year Holiday

China’s Bullet Trains Are Remaking Its Lunar New Year Holiday

Bloomberg

China's massive investments in its transportation infrastructure are nothing short of astounding.

6 months ago

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.

6 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.

6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 months ago

Amtrak Train Crashes Near Seattle, Multiple Fatalities Reported

Amtrak Train Crashes Near Seattle, Multiple Fatalities Reported

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

8 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.

9 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.

9 months ago