Latest High-speed rail Stories

2009-06-11 02:00:00

Industry Leaders Rally to Modernize Passenger and Freight Railroad Systems ARMONK, N.Y., and BEIJING, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) opened a new Global Rail Innovation Center that will bring together the world's foremost industry leaders, researchers and universities to advance next-generation rail systems. Founding members of the Center's Advisory Board include leading representatives and organizations in the railroad community: Judge Quentin L. Kopp, chairman...

2009-05-09 13:20:00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says California and Florida are on the fast track for federal funding for high-speed rail systems. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that this month he will convene a high-speed rail summit in Washington to review high-speed rail proposals and discuss White House plans to disburse $13 billion in federal aid for rail projects. LaHood said California is way, way, way ahead in taking steps to build a high-speed rail system that would initially...

2009-05-02 19:12:50

Russia will have high-speed passenger train service between St. Petersburg and Moscow by the end of the year, officials say. ITAR-TASS reported the train was expected to set a speed record by traveling nearly 171 miles per hour during test runs Saturday. The German-made Sapsan's maximum operating speed will be about 154 miles per hour. The test runs are expected to last until December with the first regular run between St. Petersburg and Moscow scheduled before year's end. The train will...

2009-04-17 06:21:44

US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that the government would invest $13 billion for a high speed rail service to rival the express trains of France, Spain, China and Japan. "Imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 miles an hour, walking only a few steps to public transportation, and ending up just blocks from your destination," said the president ahead of a trip to Mexico and Trinidad. "It is being done -- it is just not being done here," he said, in reference to rapid...

2009-04-16 16:16:00

WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of ARTBA President Pete Ruane regarding the Obama Administration's high-speed rail proposal: "The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) shares the Obama Administration's goal of developing and expanding a U.S. high-speed passenger rail network. ARTBA members, who design, build and maintain all modes of transportation infrastructure, including passenger rail, are eager to begin...

2009-04-16 08:33:00

ARMONK, N.Y., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- According to a study released today by IBM (NYSE: IBM), increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. and around the world will dramatically strain existing rail infrastructure. The study, "The Smarter Railroad," analyzes new approaches to modernize and build high-speed rail networks globally, such as those announced today by President Obama. Findings from the report indicate that the top key challenges in the development of better rail...

2009-04-15 08:00:00

A STRONGER DOLLAR MAKES BRITAIN AFFORDABLE AND RAIL EUROPE MAKES BRITAIN BETTER BY OFFERING AN ADDITIONAL RAIL DAY FOR FREE, WITH THE PURCHASE OF A BRITRAIL PASS WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, launches a rail promotion to travelers to Britain. The Free Day Away promotion offers one extra day of rail travel for FREE with the purchase of one of a range of BritRail passes. So, for example a 4 day...

2009-04-07 08:00:00

HNTB's America THINKS survey highlights public perspectives on high-speed train travel KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The romance of riding the rails may be returning to America thanks to new federal funding and a public hungry for ways to save time, money, the environment, and add a measure of convenience in their hectic lives. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090407/CG95377) According to a new study commissioned by HNTB Corporation, more than half of Americans...

2009-03-21 07:35:00

A senior executive of France's national high-speed rail system, SNCF, told reporters that the group would be "very interested" in creating a similar system in the US. "We strongly believe that in this country, in some of the corridors, the system should logically be profitable," SNCF International chairman Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said on Thursday. Loubinoux said such a network of rail systems would work best among large cities at distances of 600 to 930 miles. Such conditions exist in the east...

2009-03-16 20:14:04

The Chinese Railways Ministry signed a deal Monday to buy 100 high-speed trains for $5.74 billion. The trains, capable of speeds up to 220 mph, will be built by CNR Corp., a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The 100 sets of high-speed trains are to begin traveling between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011, when construction of a new railway is expected to be completed.

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