Tag: trains

Travel & Public Transit

New Fuel Cell Tech Points Toward Zero-Emission Trains

September 17, 2021

Via: IEEE Spectrum

Diesel and steam-powered trains have been transporting passengers and cargo around the world for more than 200 years—all the while releasing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. In the hopes of a greener future, many countries and companies are eyeing […]

Impact & Regulations, Infrastructure

A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy

May 19, 2020

Via: Wired

ACCUSE REPRESENTATIVE SETH Moulton of loving trains too much at your peril. Yes, the Massachusetts Democrat worked for a time on a high-speed-rail project in Texas, one that is now finally inching towards a groundbreaking ceremony. He’s pressed for a […]

Travel & Public Transit

Duke University faces community pressure to embrace light rail

February 26, 2019

Via: TreeHugger

And it’s dredging up past resentment. Remember when North Carolina state legislators defunded light rail, and a city stepped up to fill the gap? It turns out that nothing is ever easy. While the project has been progressing and plans […]

Impact & Regulations, Travel & Public Transit

When state legislators defunded light rail, a city stepped up

August 31, 2018

Via: TreeHugger

North Carolina legislators don’t exactly have a track record of supporting projects related to clean tech, mass transit or sustainable development. In fact, from banning planners from using future sea level rise projections to battling with tech giants over the […]


Planes, Trains and Trucks: Global Trade Boom Fires Up Oil Demand

March 7, 2018

Via: Transport Topics

The strength of oil consumption took analysts by surprise last year, and played a big role in crude’s recovery to a three-year high in January. Demand this year could even turn out to be “way in excess” of 2017’s exuberant […]


We don’t need electric transport trucks, we need to get rid of trucks

November 17, 2017

Via: TreeHugger

At the 1967 International Container Conference in Genoa, Italy, Gabriel Alter (my late dad) outlined what he called a “land bridge” for moving goods in containers from ship to rail to truck for freight distribution across the country. With the […]

Travel & Public Transit

Do hydrogen powered trains make sense?

November 14, 2017

Via: TreeHugger

The Province of Ontario, Canada is looking at introducing hydrogen-powered commuter trains, as part of its commitment to get off diesel and go electric. Does this make sense? For a very long time, I have been skeptical of hydrogen as […]

Impact & Regulations, Infrastructure

Why Trump’s Attack on a California Railroad Should Trouble You

February 24, 2017

Via: Wired

CHANCES ARE, YOU ignore the federal budgetary process. If the esoteric language and shifting deadlines don’t drive you away, the decades-long timelines and internecine politics will. So it’s understandable you didn’t dig up the details when, last week, the Federal […]


China developing 300 mph trains to lead export of high-speed tech

September 29, 2016

Via: Metro Magazine

China is designing its next generation of trains that can carry passengers at a top speed of 500 kilometers (310 miles) an hour and cargo at 250km/h, with wheels that can adjust to fit different track gauges used around the […]