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.
MADRID -- Spain uses free WiFi on public transportation and in tourist areas to boost economy.
6 | November 7, 2011 3:59am |
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 |
Energy futurist Chris Nelder does the math to determine when we should transition energy to renewables and transportation to rail. The answer: about 40 years ago.
18 | November 2, 2011 5:40am |
The MagSurf skateboard let's you pull a Marty McFly, even if it's for a few seconds.
3 | October 26, 2011 6:00am |
Researchers have released a video demonstrating how "quantum levitation," lets objects stay locked in mid-air.
3 | October 20, 2011 6:05am |
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 |
Amtrak continues to set ridership records, but budget cuts could threaten that trend.
2 | October 17, 2011 7:05pm |
The Aladdin-inspired hovering aircraft uses ripple power to generate propulsion.
4 | October 3, 2011 6:59am |
In his inaugural column, resident energy futurist Chris Nelder outlines why the United States' infrastructure spending plans are a rounding error to what's actually necessary.
18 | October 3, 2011 6:42am |
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.
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GE Energy has landed $3 billion in deals focused on everything from natural gas to wind turbines to water treatment.
2 | September 20, 2011 7:32am |
Could improving local public transportation help communities struggling with economic recovery?
12 | September 6, 2011 4:58am |
GE CEO Jeff Immelt has been on the job for a decade and there have been many cleantech bets along the way.
3 | September 5, 2011 7:05pm |
What's the German national railway to do without nuclear power? Look to the water, wind, and sun.
1 | August 24, 2011 4:15am |
The U.S. DOT announces its second large-scale investment in railway infrastructure this month, looking to improve the nation's busiest rail line, the Northeast Corridor.
3 | August 23, 2011 4:00am |
Monocle magazine evaluates today's transportation situation and imagines another for tomorrow. On tap: future car design, improved stations, electric bikes, denser parking and high-speed rail realism.
2 | August 17, 2011 4:26am |
The U.S. DOT has released a combined $782 million to several states to develop American-made rail systems and create manufacturing jobs.
8 | August 12, 2011 4:00am |
A record-breaking motorcycle that is 72 feet long comes up short when it comes to practicality.
5 | August 9, 2011 6:17am |
A bipartisan coalition advocates a long-term infrastructure plan that would invest $200 billion per year for next decade and supports an alternative funding model to foot the bill.
2 | August 8, 2011 11:49am |
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 |