Trains

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.

4 months 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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?

7 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

10 months ago