Trains

February 5, 2009, 7am PST
This piece from <em>The Nation</em> looks at the prospect of transit in America, what a renewed nationwide system could accomplish, and what it would take to achieve politically.
The Nation
January 8, 2009, 1pm PST
Starting Monday, some SEPTA trains will launch a pilot program that discourages too-loud talking, a problem now prevalent during rush-hour.
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 10, 2008, 10am PST
The Chicago Transit Authority is cracking down on 'continuous riders', people who sleep or hang out in the subway through the winter nights to keep warm. Advocates worry the crackdown will hurt the homeless.
Chicago Sun-Times
December 2, 2008, 5am PST
Treehugger.com talks to Andy Kunz of urbandesign.org, The Apollo Alliance, and Transportation for America about their proposals to move America forward with expanded public transportation initiatives.
Treehugger.com
November 5, 2008, 8am PST
Passenger rail is on the minds of voters and politicians more than ever. Some say the next train era is on its way.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2008, 8am PDT
This article from <em>Metropolis</em> looks at the plan for a magnetic-levitation train connecting Las Vegas and Anaheim, which has been brewing for years. But is this idea detracting from more feasible high speed rail plans?
Metropolis
September 15, 2008, 11am PDT
Devastated train commuters in Southern California rode the rails again today, comforting friends after last week's accident that left 25 dead.
Los Angeles Times
July 2, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A new study suggests that getting freight onto trains and off of trucks would have a significant impact on traffic.</p>
Memphis Business Journal
June 26, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Transit agencies around the U.S. offered free rides on a single day, and large crowds follow. But observers aren't sure they'll stick around when they have to pay again.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A Taiwanese inventor is proposing a rail system that never stops for passengers, virtually eliminating delays. Follow the full story link to see the video.</p>
boingboing.net
May 30, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Railroads are overcoming decades of resistance from environmentalists by touting their greener aspects.</p>
Wall St. Journal
May 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Flashing lights on the walls on train tunnels that display a 15-second video to passengers have been introduced in L.A., bringing new revenue to the area's transit agency, but bothering some riders. Some say the ads intrude on public space.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
Blog post
May 13, 2008, 9am PDT

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard Amtrak Train 715. We're expecting a smooth ride today and should be moving along right on time," said the voice of the train conductor over the loudspeaker. He then continued, "And thanks for joining us for National Train Day". The loudspeaker then turned off, and was followed instantly by the voice of an incredulous woman a few rows behind who said "What?"

Nate Berg
April 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>These two videos show the downside of high public transit ridership.</p>
Chilloutzone.de, YouTube
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