High Performance

Though pledging to improve current plans for the Golden State's 700-mile high speed rail network, California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard says the system should cost less than the…
Part of a high speed rail line ongoing operations testing collapsed in central China following heavy rains, state media reported Monday, renewing global concerns about the safety and efficiency of…
U.S. travelers may be hard-pressed to incorporate high speed rail into their domestic travels, but apparently have few problems adding Eurostar as a component for their itineraries abroad. Eurostar said…
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph, following successful installation…
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday the state’s 700-mile high speed rail project will cost far less than the state's current estimate of nearly $100 billion, and also said that…
New generation trains running on existing track can easily combine higher speeds, lower energy consumption, reduced noise, and lower costs, according to findings by Swedish researchers released Wednesday in Stockholm.…
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has made no secret of his disdain for Amtrak, often referring to it as our “Soviet style rail system.”
In Abraham Lincoln’s day, the Illinois Central line linking Chicago with Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis was preferred for passenger service because, of the five major lines that connected the…
In long-range perspective, the story of North American passenger rail is one of extraordinary growth. The story isn’t over.
What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century. Even ardent pro-rail advocates…
California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Thomas J. Umberg announced Thursday that CEO Roelof van Ark had resigned from the authority, effective in two months.
Covering little if any new ground for regular rail industry observers, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman on Jan. 12 highlighted the company’s plan to begin acquiring 70 electric locomotives and 130…
The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13…
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel…
Optimists insist the U.S. is finally poised to join the world’s “true” high speed rail club. Skeptics say a hostile Congress could make that advance more difficult. Both may be…
Ignoring or perhaps outright challenging Congress’ decision to eliminate U.S. high speed rail funding, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday vigorously defended the concept in testimony before the House Transportation…
A poll published Tuesday by the Sacramento Bee indicates declining support for California’s high speed rail proposal among the state’s citizenry, which voted to approve the attempt three years ago.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday formally awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for phase 1 ofconstruction of California high speed rail. The move comes even…
Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for "Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service" in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between…
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