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.
Short-haul buses - with on-board Internet -- are a fast-growing alternative to automobile and air travel.
4 | April 19, 2011 2:13pm |
A recently released video demonstrates the long-range destructive power of a railgun prototype known as the "Blitzer."
13 | April 19, 2011 1:16am |
Further details of the $40 billion budget cuts were released yesterday, and it doesn't look good for cities.
15 | April 13, 2011 4:01am |
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 |
While Florida returned $2.4 billion of federally allocated high-speed rail money last month, over 24 states across the country are now clamoring for the money.
5 | April 7, 2011 6:25am |
The cities of the future will be built around air travel -- despite high-speed rail and density schemes and telecommutes and videoconferencing. Aerotropolis author Greg Lindsay explains why.
17 | April 4, 2011 9:29am |
The DesertXpress project between southern California and Nevada clears one more pass on its way to construction. Any bets on whether it becomes the first high speed railway under the Obama's...
6 | April 1, 2011 4:00am |
A proposal by the European Commission will ban all conventional cars from entering city centers by 2050, as a way to cut carbon emissions and reduce the European Union's dependence on foreign oil.
3 | March 28, 2011 8:12am |
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 |
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 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 |
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 |
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott was well within his means to refuse federally allocated funds -- $2.4 billion -- to build a high-speed rail line in his state.
39 | March 4, 2011 4:05pm |
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 |
What should transportation look like in the 21st century? Multi-modal, sustainable, IT-enhanced and door-to-door, according to experts at The Economist's Intelligent Infrastructure conference.
8 | February 21, 2011 9:15am |
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 |
Beating China's current record, Japan's Central Japan Railway Company announced that it plans to build a new train between Tokyo and Nagoya, that will go 310 miles per hour.
18 | February 17, 2011 8:01am |
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2 | February 15, 2011 10:07am |
Welcome to SmartPlanet's newest blog, Transport Theory. From hybrid cars to high-speed rail to boats, trains and airplanes, contributor Ami Cholia will bring us the latest news and help us...
3 | February 15, 2011 6:20am |
U.S. vice president Joe Biden announced a $53 billion, six-year plan for a national high-speed rail network that will place HSR "on equal footing" with other surface transportation programs.
23 | February 9, 2011 8:24am |