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.
At the EcoFocus event in New York City, SmartPlanet editor Andrew Nusca talks with Hewlett Packard about greenwashing, corporate sustainability and the case for high-speed rail.
May 19, 2010 1:51pm |
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 |
IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said transportation systems need more collaboration between major players and governments, standards and better network designs. Can systems go traveler-centric?
May 5, 2010 10:00am |
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 |
Smart Planet speaks with Kevin Riddett, president and CEO of Invensys Rail, on prospects for high-speed rail systems in the U.S.
2 | March 22, 2010 2:52am |
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 |
Forget the space race; the new arms race is over high-speed trains. China plans to build a high-speed rail network that connects Beijing to Vietnam, India, Europe and Russia.
10 | March 18, 2010 4:00am |
More than 140 years ago, promises of passengers quietly whisked between stations on pressurized air.
5 | March 15, 2010 10:22am |
European Union report cites increased 'social cohesion' as a result of high-speed rail links. But North America is laid out differently.
25 | March 10, 2010 8:00am |
Funding fuels projects to whisk passengers from San Francisco to Anahiem, Orlando to Tampa, Chicago to St. Louis, and Minneapolis to Chicago.
7 | January 28, 2010 8:27am |
Five regional planning agencies form the Western High Speed Rail Alliance, seek to connect Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix into high-speed rail grid
December 15, 2009 2:33pm |
Florida will become the launch pad for high-speed rail innovation, just as it was for space travel.
8 | December 11, 2009 7:49am |
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 |
Forty-one of Amtrakâ€™s 44 routes lost money in 2008 and on average the railroad lost $32 per passenger, according to a new report.
33 | October 27, 2009 3:53am |
Floating a modest proposal that will make unlimited room for cramped airports.
13 | October 26, 2009 6:00am |
There is plenty of demand for high-speed rail in major population corridors. What is lacking is a willingness to share risks, an unwillingness born of politics.
11 | August 25, 2009 9:15am |
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10 | August 11, 2009 9:56am |
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1 | August 5, 2009 12:57pm |
I am an unabashed and thoroughly-committed supporter of high-speed intercity rail as well as a beefed-up budget for Amtrak. Anyone whose taken the Intercity Express trains in Germany, the French...
3 | August 5, 2009 11:11am |
Is the Obama administration's proposed high-speed rail project a much-needed infrastructure project or an optimistic waste of financial resources? According to Harvard economics professor Edward...
27 | August 4, 2009 6:10am |