High-Speed Rail

April 27, 2010, 6am PDT
In Tampa, voters can't seem to untangle an upcoming one-cent sales tax to fund light rail with the Obama administration's recent $1.25 billion award for high-speed rail, though the funding is completely separate.
The St. Petersburg Times
Blog post
April 24, 2010, 10am PDT

These days, I have more in common with my nephew Sam than just about anyone else. He just turned 3.

Sam is a train fanatic. Sure, he loves the children’s classics—Thomas the Tank Engine, the Polar Express—but he can also tell you about the Eurostar and the Shinkansen. His recent first ride on Amtrak was like his locomotive bar mitzvah: Today, I am a passenger.

I’ve spent all semester working on a studio project making the case for true high-speed rail in the Northeast megaregion. I picked the studio because, like Sam, I’m thrilled by trains, but an added perk is that every time I come with some new picture or factoid about the big, fast choo-choos, I move up a notch in the running for Uncle of the Year.

Jeffrey Barg
April 8, 2010, 12pm PDT
A number of foreign countries and firms are jockeying to build high-speed rail in California, but the Chinese government is proposing that they cover some of the financing as well.
The New York Times
Feature
April 1, 2010, 5am PDT
To inaugurate the launch of our new website with exclusive coverage of high-speed rail, we asked David J. Carol, Market Leader of High-Speed Rail at Parsons Brinkerhoff to tell us what we need to know about the U.S.'s exciting new endeavor.
David J. Carol
March 14, 2010, 5am PDT
By 2032, the Thai government plans to have high-speed rail connected every region of the country. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.The first line is planned to connect Bangkok and Rayong, to the southeast.
The Bangkok Post
March 10, 2010, 10am PST
A European report shows that high-speed rail is creating social cohesion and accessibility for remote places. Could the same effect happen in the U.S.?
Brookings blog
March 1, 2010, 9am PST
Federal money is making high-speed rail possible, but state governments are unsure if they can afford to maintain and operate the systems once they are in place.
Stateline.org
February 27, 2010, 1pm PST
A new survey conducted by HNTB Corporation says that nearly nine in ten Americans are currently open to high-speed rail travel for long-distance travel within the United States.
HNTB Newsroom
February 9, 2010, 10am PST
A new 350kph train connecting Zhengzhou and Xi'an debuted Saturday, cutting a 6 hour train ride down to less than 2 hours.
China Daily
February 6, 2010, 5am PST
America 2050 releases a new video imagining what a commute in future Detroit could look like, including car sharing, high-speed rail, and a light rail connector.
America 2050
February 2, 2010, 7am PST
The Department of Transportation has decided that the proposed Las Vegas - Southern California maglev train was not far enough along to be eligible for funding, which is meant to go towards more immediate solutions.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 1, 2010, 9am PST
TIME Magazine gives an overview of possibility of high-speed rail in the country, and sees Florida as the perfect place to start.
Time
January 29, 2010, 11am PST
Joan Lowy suggests that the Obama administration's claim that the high-speed rail initiative will create jobs overlooks the fact that the expertise is in Europe and Asia and foreign firms will likely be needed to develop HSR quickly.
CB Online
December 23, 2009, 12pm PST
Financial analysts in China say that the country is spending far too much money - to the tune of $229 billion - on its nationwide high-speed passenger-rail network.
The New York Times
December 14, 2009, 1pm PST
In Chicago, plans to make passenger and commuter trains faster are limited by the freight trains that share the tracks. The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) is working to improve that relationship.
Chicago Sun-Times
December 12, 2009, 7am PST
Five new connections opened just last week, including the Salerno to Torino line in Italy and a new section between Bruxelles and Amsterdam.
the transport politic
December 3, 2009, 10am PST
A high-speed rail line is planned for 2012 between London and Madrid. France and Spain will team up to build it.
Times Online
November 19, 2009, 2pm PST
The California High Speed Rail Blog says that the biggest obstacle to building HSR in California isn't the cost, but a number of problems with the planning process, especially the California Environmental Quality Act.
California High Speed Rail Blog
November 16, 2009, 6am PST
California Governor Schwarzenegger has ordered state officials to seek federal funding only for the state's high-speed rail project--at the expense of efforts to make Metrolink trains safer, some say.
Los Angeles Times
November 12, 2009, 2pm PST
Many in Sacramento and California's Central Valley are concerned that they aren't being prioritized in the process to get high-speed rail moving.
Sacramento News & Review