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.
Car ownership has never been cheap, and with cars only getting more and more expensive, one would think that public transportation might represent an enormous cost savings over cars. But in the UK at least, the popularity of public transportation, combined with ever-increasing train and tube fares, has led to commuting by car to be cheaper than train, at least in some areas.
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.
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.
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.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will lose $161 million this year, and $100 million next year. As a result, subway, train, and bus fares are increasing, along with a new and unpopular state-wide proposal to add a 1-cent-per vehicle-miles-traveled in an effort to bail out the MBTA. The city of Boston Massachusetts and the […]
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.
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 […]
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken a look back at the rail innovations of GE through the lens of their recently launched annual reports data visualization. These innovations include America’s first electrification project and a train powered by beef tallow. But now I want to talk about hybrids, specifically GE’s Hybrid Evolution locomotive, […]
Once upon a time, America relied on its railroad to move people and goods across the vast landscape that comprises this beautiful land. But with the rise of the automobile, personal transportation quickly outstripped the need for passenger trains. Slowly but surely, passenger rail all but disappeared outside of the Northeast United States. That left […]
America’s public transportation ridership is at a height not seen in decades. In 2011, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on mass transit — which includes buses, trains, street cars and ferries, according to the American Public Transportation Association. We know that an increase in gas prices has caused American’s to seek alternative forms of transportation. […]
The late-19th century must have been a hell of a time to live. Electricity was becoming more mainstream, the first telephones were starting to appear, and much of the developed world relied on trains for long-distance transportation. Yet even 100 years ago, people were concerned with the health hazards related to transportation, especially coal-powered steam […]
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, […]
For month the people of Baden Württemberg Germany have been protesting and politically fighting against a very controversial renovation of the city of Stuttgart’s main train station, called the Stuttgart 21 rail project. However, the people have voted and the protestors have lost the fight. The city of Stuttgart’s main train station will be mostly […]
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 […]
We all know that riding a bicycle is good for your health. We also know that with gas prices being as they are, riding public transportation is good for your wallet. Just how good? How about around $7 billion good and 1,100 lives saved each year good. A Public Service Jonathan Patz, director of […]