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“Mall of the World” — Inside Dubai’s Domed City

Though maybe not the world’s first bio-dome, if all goes as planned in Dubai, in 2020, the “Mall of the World” will be the world’s first domed city. According to a Tech Insider article, Dubai Holding plans on construction of an entire city within a dome — climate controlled housing of hundreds of buildings, thousands […]

February 22nd

Brooklyn–Queens Connection: The Future of NYC Transit

In a $2.2 billion proposal, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio looks to begin installation of a 16 mile streetcar line connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the East River. The idea is to facilitate transportation for some of New York’s growing, yet still transit-deficient, areas. Imagine a trolley system lining the East River and delivering a long-awaited public transit […]

February 6th

Public Transportation Decreases In 2015

The number of US public transit riders took a dip at the beginning of 2015 according to the American Public Transportation Association. Approximately 5.3 billion trips were taken on public transportation during the first 6 months of last year — a decrease of roughly 50 million as opposed to 2014. Certain public transit systems actually recorded […]

February 4th

Miami Beach Committed to Light Rail Project

After what seemed like decades of chatter debating the pros (many) and cons (none) of improving mass transit on Miami Beach, it appears that the city is finally moving forward with a proposed light rail/wireless streetcar system. Once built, the light rail transit system would provide transportation up and down South Beach and, more importantly, […]

December 28th

Florida Train Between Miami & Orlando Gets Critical Funding

Originally published on CleanTechnica. By Cynthia Shahan An Orlando-to-Miami train, the potential passenger rail connector between Central Florida and South Florida, has just passed another crucial milestone. It has received approval for $1.75 billion in state funding. The train will run from Orlando and only have stops in West Palm and Miami. Although it is not a “high-speed train,” at 125 […]

August 10th

New Maglev Train Debuts In Japan

Central Japan Railway has tested the newest Maglev L0 Train. The train is expected to carry 1,000 passengers and can travel up to 311 MPH, allowing the new train to travel over 200 miles from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes.

June 14th

China Pushes Technological Limits Of High Speed Rail

China is the global leader in high speed rail and now is pushing the technological limits of the system by operating high speed trains in places of extreme temperatures. The Harbin-Dalian high speed rail line has been tested and is currently running through areas of Northeastern China where temperatures reach negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

December 24th

Atlanta Mayor Wants High Speed Rail Connection With Savannah

  High speed rail in America is a hot button issue and politicians seem to fall into either love it or hate it camps. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently has solidified his place in the love it camp by proposing connecting Atlanta and Savannah with a high-speed rail line. Opponents of American high speed rail […]

December 21st

Union Pacific Railroad Tests 25 Emissions Reducing Locomotives

America is such an outlier in so many ways. Take trains for instance. While many Americans are utterly and entirely opposed to a national high-speed rail system, systems that are popular in nearly every other 1st world country, our freight rail system is second to none. Trains can make a lot of freight on very little fuel, and now the famed Union Pacific Railroad is testing a fleet of 25 locomotives with various emissions-reducing technologies.

August 15th

California Knows How To Party (On Rails)

On Friday July 6th, the California State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the state to begin selling $4.5 billion in bonds. This includes $2.6 billion approved to build the initial 130-mile stretch of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley. This will be the first high speed rail line in the entire United States. Let’s hope that California influences the rest of the nation in this as it does in other clean transportation methods.

July 7th

An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works

While hopes for a high-speed rail line connecting California cities seem to be on life support, New England could be the new home of a high-speed rail line. Even though Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces a $161 million budget deficit this year and another $100 million budget deficit next year, this project is getting more attention and support.

June 29th