America has been embroiled in a debate over the wisdom of spending billions of dollars on a national high-speed rail network. A small Colorado company called ET3 has other ideas though, calling for a 4,000 mph “Hyperloop” system of vacuum tubes that could connect New York with L.A. in under an hour.
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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.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) has reached a settlement with a group of California Central Valley farmers who had sued to block the high speed rail project based on environmental grounds.
Time is running out for high speed rail in California and now the legality of even breaking ground on the project is being questioned.
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.
Thanks to the success of the Prius and others, hybrids have become a big deal in the automotive universe – so much so that boutique carmakers like Porsche and Ferrari are looking to hybrid technology to stay relevant. Cars aren’t the only people-movers moving to hybrid power, of course. Trains are adopting the technology in […]
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.
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 […]
You know why a majority of Americans don’t use public transit? It’s drab, dreary, and worst of all, dull. We need something more…inspirational.
Leave it to the Aussies to out-America America. A new design for a high-speed train between Sydney and Melbourne draws its inspiration from one of Oz’s most popular muscle cars. Do. Want.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
I’m not going to hold my breath for high speed rail in this country any time soon, as politics seems intent on killing the notion of a national HSR system. Meanwhile, other countries like China and France move forward with their plans for a national network of high speed trains, and the idea of moving […]
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.
Petra Todorovich, lead author of High-Speed Rail: International Lessons for U.S. Policy Makers, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, say that high speed rail in the U.S. is troubled but far from dead.
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.
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.
At least 39 passengers, including two Americans, have been killed in China’s first major bullet train disaster. The “official” cause of the crash has been ruled a lightning strike, though reactions from authorities have raised more than a few eyebrows. The accident happened Saturday night in Shuangyu on China’s east coast. Two bullet trains were […]
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.