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.
A new survey of 25,000 people by the American Public Transportation Association concludes that a majority would take advantage of high-speed rail service, when and if offered. However, it's not...
20 | October 28, 2010 9:30pm |
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board has voted to begin construction of the system that will eventually connect Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area.
11 | December 8, 2010 9:22am |
According to a new report, high-speed rail will improve job creation, market access, connectivity, travel time savings and business sales. Here's how.
20 | June 14, 2010 8:08am |
Japan seeks to export its expertise in high-speed rail to the United States, according to a new report.
1 | May 12, 2010 8:47am |
Interest in high-speed rail in the United States is at an all-time high. But do we have the resources to pull it off?
6 | November 23, 2009 9:26am |
A new study by Florida's Department of Transportation shows that high-speed rail in the state would have made money. Unfortunately, LaHood has categorically said the money is now going to go to...
21 | March 10, 2011 3:49pm |
California's high-speed rail system will now cost twice as much to build, take 13 years longer than planned and offer fares for almost double the original estimate. Is America's HSR dream dead?
32 | November 2, 2011 6:53am |
As America's sole high-speed rail line enters its second decade, critics and proponents ponder new possibilities and current realities.
4 | December 24, 2010 9:57am |
PARIS -- A line of French trains that broke a speed record in 2007 is setting a new record -- for low-priced tickets that cost a tenth of the regular fare.
12 | March 15, 2013 3:00am |
The most promising new high-speed rail service in the U.S. connects Chicago to Detroit. Will it help the economy? Conflicting views on potential impact.
5 | February 21, 2012 9:29am |
Amtrak will match its fastest speed ever, even if it is sans passengers.
September 25, 2012 10:41am |
Energy futurist Chris Nelder argues that we should consider high speed rail and freight rail in the context of full lifecycle costs and total transportation reform.
20 | October 19, 2011 6:00am |
An overhaul of America's railways may be in the works.
8 | December 14, 2012 3:05am |
Spain's new 325-mile high-speed rail line from Barcelona to Madrid transforms a six-hour car ride to a 2 hour, 38 minute commute. What's their secret?
3 | March 19, 2010 4:21am |
Rail travel between Paris and Amsterdam just got sunnier. Through a tunnel and an ancient forest in Belgium, solar-powered trains are beaming with light.
4 | June 7, 2011 4:00am |
China has started trial operations on high-speed trains that can withstand hail, sleet, and snow.
5 | October 9, 2012 7:21pm |
A $151 billion high-speed rail development by Amtrak will make for quick trips between large U.S. cities.
4 | July 9, 2012 6:46am |
The world's longest high-speed rail line opens for business, between Beijing and Shanghai. But not without a few technical problems.
7 | July 22, 2011 6:08am |
Has China pursued its record-breaking buildout of its high-speed rail network at the expense of safety and quality?
6 | February 18, 2011 9:19am |
China wants to build a rail network that would connect the country to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
11 | June 14, 2011 8:21am |