High Speed Rail

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A Vision Of An America Connected By High-Speed Rail

If you’ve got to get from New York to L.A. in a hurry, there is only one option; air travel. While America once had a rail system that was the envy of the world, our obsession with the automobile has left our passenger rail system in a sad way. While our dreams of a high-speed rail network may be on the back burner for now, one man has made a map of his vision for an America once again connected by cutting edge trains.

February 8th

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

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

Ferrari Trains Take To The Track In Italy

When I first read this story, I thought it was some kind of belated April Fools post. A Ferarri train you say? Seems impossible, impractical, unaffordable. Yet the Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) is the first, and largest private high-speed rail line to open in Europe, and many rich and powerful people have attached their names […]

April 23rd

New High Speed Train Sets Records

China has tested its latest in high speed rail. A train made of plastic materials and carbon fiber rocketed down the tracks at a Chinese record setting 311 mph (500 kilometers per hour). If put into use, this will be the fastest, conventional-wheeled train, exceeded in speed only by Japanese MAGLEV trains. According to officials, […]

January 11th

American High Speed Rail is Not Dead – It's More of a Zombie

Before the Thanksgiving break, House Republicans voted to kill a transportation appropriations bill that resulted in the majority of funding for America’s high speed rail program being eliminated. The GOP cheered at the death of President Obama’s national rail network plan; but their jubilation came premature. When the vote went to the Senate things changed […]

December 6th

The Future of the German Train System – 100% Reliance on Renewable Fuels

Deutsche Bahn—Germany’s railway operator—has set a target of raising the companies renewable energy consumption from 20% right now, through28% as soon as 2014, and to a full 100% by 2050. Even with social unrest targeting Germany’s rail way system, Germany is pushing not only the further construction of their rails but the perfection of the use of renewable energy in their mass transportation rail systems.

October 17th

Green News Roundup: Friday, October 7th, 2011

TGIF, am I right? It has been another long week, but thankfully the weekend is here in full force. So let’s take a brief look at some of yesterday’s news highlights, including the world’s longest solar bridge, the Renault Twizy gets priced, and one website asks if high speed rail can be saved.

October 7th

Obama, High Speed Rail, and the State Of California

High speed rail is big business in other countries like China. America has been trying to get a high speed rail program in action for years with California being at the forefront of the planning. Now, it seems that lawsuits might be shutting down the California project for good, or at least delay the project until the funding evaporates.

September 26th

LA Survived Carmaggedon!

With all the hype and drama surrounding Carmaggedon, it was difficult not to compare it to Y2K. There were peaceful protests, most notably by RailLA, our local high-speed rail advocacy group. RailLA exercised their right to free-speech by enlisting volunteers to hold their “LA Beyond Cars” banner aloft at a busy intersection near the 405. What’s truly appalling is that for $1billion all we’re getting is a few more miles of carpool lane along the 405.

July 18th