High-speed rail, or HSR, is a type of passenger rail transport that can travel at significantly faster speeds than conventional rail transport: about 124 miles per hour for upgraded track or 155 miles per hour for new track. In Japan, Shinkansen lines run at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour; in China, high-speed lines operate at more than 200 miles per hour. (A magnetic levitation line, or Maglev for short, can reach 268 miles per hour.) High-speed rail is usually designed for passenger travel but can also support freight service.
China officials said the country will invest 700 billion yuan, or $106 billion, in building railways for various intercity projects.
January 6, 2011 7:30am |
PARIS -- Historic train station gets the Nouvel treatment with major renovations extending through 2020 to improve transport across the rails and to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
January 23, 2012 12:05am |
Portland's new wind farm; E. coli meets sunscreen; South Africa's rail ambitions; future of retail; Hong Kong culture.
September 9, 2010 2:08pm |
A recently released video demonstrates the long-range destructive power of a railgun prototype known as the "Blitzer."
13 | April 19, 2011 1:16am |
General Electric's 2010 annual report, which is being distributed as an Apple iPad document via iTunes, is a tale of making growth bets. Areas that stood out include clean tech, software for...
March 14, 2011 10:57am |
A much-anticipated new supersonic passenger jet will be capable of flying at five times the speed of sound, according to reports.
6 | July 3, 2012 5:08am |
Crowdfunding is providing innovative new urban design projects with the capital they need to get started. But can citizens really dictate future city landscapes?
3 | March 26, 2013 3:00am |
The U.S. DOT has released a combined $782 million to several states to develop American-made rail systems and create manufacturing jobs.
8 | August 12, 2011 4:00am |
MADRID -- Spain uses free WiFi on public transportation and in tourist areas to boost economy.
6 | November 7, 2011 3:59am |
The Aladdin-inspired hovering aircraft uses ripple power to generate propulsion.
4 | October 3, 2011 6:59am |
GE Energy has landed $3 billion in deals focused on everything from natural gas to wind turbines to water treatment.
2 | September 20, 2011 7:32am |
The inventor of China's novel car-straddling bus seeks American manufacturers to bring his design to life in the U.S.
9 | October 28, 2010 1:51pm |
GE CEO Jeff Immelt has been on the job for a decade and there have been many cleantech bets along the way.
3 | September 5, 2011 7:05pm |
Foreign cleantech firms should look to the United States wind power market for growth, says Ingeteam CEO Aitor Sotes.
September 15, 2010 3:00am |
The latest Batmobile is the first ever to be powered by a turbine jet engine, making it the superhero vehicle of all superhero vehicles.
10 | July 15, 2011 6:55am |
The Ford Ecoboost may be the company's smallest engine, but it packs performance muscle to go with top-of-the-line fuel economy and lower emissions.
5 | June 9, 2011 11:02pm |
On May 12th, their X3 prototype completed a flight test in which it was able to fly steadily at an average speed of 267 mph.
4 | May 24, 2011 3:02am |
A new bill would give six cities grants to integrate technologies like real-time traffic and transit data and synchronized traffic lights into transportation systems.
3 | April 7, 2011 10:30am |
The savings are big for people in cities who are taking public transportation instead of driving. Find out which cities have the highest transit savings.
8 | March 7, 2011 8:38am |
SmartPlanet editor Andrew Nusca offers his picks for the top 10 SmartPlanet stories of 2010, from magnetic stroke therapy to human-brain interfaces to "frozen smoke" to how American cities will...
December 29, 2010 1:04pm |