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.
Amtrak on Tuesday unveiled its $117 billion vision for high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor by 2040, and it's a doozy: NYC to D.C. or Boston in 1.5 hours.
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We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dan Nosowitz and hello to a new one: John Herrman.
September 27, 2010 7:06pm |
When it comes to growing a vibrant economy in a city or town, it turns out that size doesn't matter -- at least as much as transportation networks do.
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Foreign cleantech firms should look to the United States wind power market for growth, says Ingeteam CEO Aitor Sotes.
September 15, 2010 3:00am |
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 |
President Obama announces a 6-year transportation overhaul. Will more Americans be riding the rails at high speeds soon?
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China is developing a high-speed train that will travel at 620 miles per hour through maglev lines in airless tubes underground.
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Airbus has unveiled its vision of the future of flying in 2030: a concept plane that's sleek, slim and smart.
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What will New York City look like in 2030? Three architectural firms design the city's future, using high-speed transportation, green spaces and lots of ingenuity.
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Two separate studies draw two different conclusions about the viability of high-speed rail in the Golden State.
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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.
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Building a high-speed rail network requires more than money -- there needs to be an industry ready to manufacture the necessary infrastructure, and political will on the part of participating...
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Milwaukee wants to be the "Clean Machine Shop to the World." And it's doing so with its old fortÃ©: manufacturing.
June 16, 2010 3:44am |
According to a new report, high-speed rail will improve job creation, market access, connectivity, travel time savings and business sales. Here's how.
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The carbon footprint of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be eight times as large as that of Germany 2006, according to a new study.
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Siemens VP of sustainability Alison Taylor says sound environmental policy is in business' interest -- and a price for carbon is the place to start.
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We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dana Blankenhorn and hello to a new one: Dan Nosowitz.
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Chevron has kicked off Project Brightfield, a test of seven next-generation solar energy technologies in Bakersfield, California.
2 | May 26, 2010 7:19am |
Author and political activist Charles Siegel says you don't need high-density urban planning to make a city livable and sustainable. Here are his three ways to achieve the perfect suburb.
1 | May 21, 2010 11:03am |
China is now the world's leader in high-speed rail. Now the nation has set its sights on the United States and the rest of the world to expand.
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