October 9, 2009, 6am PDT
Head-on train collisions can be avoided by simply keeping one train per track. There's a plan to make that happen, but it's years from implementation.
September 26, 2009, 5am PDT
Siemens has retrofitted trains for cold Russian winters; they are being rolled out now between Moscow and St. Petersburg and could be a model for American HSR.
September 18, 2009, 11am PDT
Federal authorities recently announced $45 million in support of plans to construct a magnetic levitation train line between Las Vegas and Southern California, re-igniting a debate over two proposed rail connections.
September 10, 2009, 8am PDT
As the race for high speed rail stimulus dollars gets underway, international firms stand to gain the most benefit as few if any U.S. firms are capable of building the rolling stock the new systems will need.
August 6, 2009, 6am PDT
Economist Edward L. Glaeser crunches the numbers on a hypothetical high speed rail line between Dallas and Houston and finds the costs prohibitive.
May 26, 2009, 5pm PDT
I’d been obsessed with it ever since I saw The Princess and
. (Between that and the funicular in Flashdance
there is just something about bad-ass chicks that commute via unique transit.)
So, when I found myself with an unexpected free morning in Essen, Germany, after especially
cooperative weather for photographing the day before, I hopped on the S-Bahn towards Wuppertal to
see the famed train.
May 16, 2009, 11am PDT
In an age of rapid technological improvements in almost every aspect of life, it's difficult to understand how a technology like trains could actually be less advanced now than it was in the 1940s, writes Tom Vanderbilt.
May 12, 2009, 11am PDT
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said recently that California and Florida are likely to be the first recipients of stimulus funding for high speed rail projects.
May 8, 2009, 5am PDT
WebUrbanist gathers an extensive assortment of fantastic, futuristic, pseudo-scientific train designs, including a steamship that rolls out of the ocean on tracks.
March 24, 2009, 8am PDT
A magnetic levitation train link between Anaheim and Las Vegas has been on the table for 30 years. Now could be the time the project finally gets enough traction to go from idea to reality.
March 4, 2009, 7am PST
Treehugger interviews urban designer, New Urbanist, and rail advocate Andy Kunz about the stimulus package and how it will benefit high speed rail in America.
March 1, 2009, 1pm PST
This commentary from <em>re:place</em> magazine offers tips and insights into how one can ride transit like a pro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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>