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.
The MagSurf skateboard let's you pull a Marty McFly, even if it's for a few seconds.
3 | October 26, 2011 6:00am |
With a rapidly urbanizing global population, megacities are an undeniable part of our future. How will we manage them? Industry thought leaders react at the Clinton Global Initiative.
September 20, 2011 7:59pm |
Could improving local public transportation help communities struggling with economic recovery?
12 | September 6, 2011 4:58am |
A record-breaking motorcycle that is 72 feet long comes up short when it comes to practicality.
5 | August 9, 2011 6:17am |
Why can't Americans come together over infrastructure policy? And why must the car dominate discussion? It's part of our aversion to social planning, Russell Shorto writes.
3 | August 8, 2011 8:01am |
Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's whole, an all-time low, according to demographic statistics. Here's why it's both good and bad.
11 | July 28, 2011 7:12am |
The largest cities like New York and Los Angeles had some of the highest incidents of reported missing cell phones.
1 | July 22, 2011 8:29am |
Several of China's inland cities are skipping over the manufacture of dollar store goods and aiming instead to make the high-tech products you covet the most.
2 | July 15, 2011 7:57am |
What we're reading: Toyota Prius v test drive; Tappan Zee crumbles; Amtrak competition; tech for the classroom; entrepreneurial designers.
2 | June 16, 2011 12:54pm |
The United States lags emerging nations in transportation, roadway, water and other infrastructure projects. A new report offers ideas for changing the investment model.
25 | May 18, 2011 5:52am |
Short-haul buses - with on-board Internet -- are a fast-growing alternative to automobile and air travel.
4 | April 19, 2011 2:13pm |
The boom in city living in the U.S. won't really happen until younger generations -- Generations X and Y -- occupy offices in which policy can be set. Right?
17 | March 17, 2011 8:02am |
Chicago's new mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to add miles of bike lanes, retrofit more buildings, and encourage urban agriculture. Find out what else he plans to do to make Chicago a leader in...
11 | February 23, 2011 8:44pm |
New to SmartPlanet? We're delighted you've dropped by. Here's what we're all about.
2 | February 15, 2011 10:07am |
U.S. News & World Report named the urban planner as one of the top 50 careers of 2011, forecasting "strong growth" for the position in the next decade.
6 | December 13, 2010 6:30am |
We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dan Nosowitz and hello to a new one: John Herrman.
September 27, 2010 7:06pm |
Airbus has unveiled its vision of the future of flying in 2030: a concept plane that's sleek, slim and smart.
10 | July 21, 2010 7:10am |
Beijing, Mexico City and Johannesburg are the cities in the world with the worst commutes. Here's a list of the Top 10 and Top 20.
19 | July 2, 2010 7:33am |
We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dana Blankenhorn and hello to a new one: Dan Nosowitz.
June 2, 2010 7:02am |
California will need six or more transmission lines and multiple technology architecture and system upgrades to meet its the state's clean air and water standards, according to a report.
March 26, 2010 6:51am |