Tag Archives: Rail

Slide to the Train

Slides typically are not thought of as a mode of transportation. However, at the newly renovated railway station Overvecht in the Dutch city of Utrecht, a slide has been installed next to a stairway to allow travelers the opportunity to quickly reach the railway tracks. Officially called a ‘transfer accelerator,’ the slide has made the city more playful and has generated positive externalities in the disadvantaged area, according to Pop-Up City.

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Plan Unveiled for Single European Transport Area

On Monday, the European Commission unveiled a “single European transport area aimed at enforcing a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers by 2050.” The plan includes ending cheap holiday flights to encourage a shift to rail, according to The Telegraph. The plan also seeks to cut climate change emissions to zero for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities. Some critics are skeptical of the plan, asserting that it will limit personal mobility or reduce the continent’s economic competitiveness.

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Rising Oil Prices, Falling Speed Limits

In the face of rising oil prices, Spain is lowering its national speed limit,  according to Reuters. Spanish officials also will reduce the cost of rail fares and raise the minimum percentage of biofuels blended into gasoline in an attempt to reduce the country’s dependence on oil.

A car drives past a speed control sign on highway A-6 at Madrid February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Rail to Rival the Panama Canal?

China is proposing to construct a railway in Colombia to link the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The Guardian reports that the railway would make it easier for China to export goods to the Americas. Officials assert that the line, if constructed, would rival the Panama canal.

Map - Colombia new rail connection

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The Best Cities for Public Transportation

As President Barack Obama pushes a high speed rail plan, US News offers a look at the ten best cities for public transportation. The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including ridership, safety, and public transportation investment. Which city ranked the best? Click on the link to find out!

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Biden Announces Six Year Plan for HSR

On Tuesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced plans to inject $53 billion into passenger rail over the next six years. The plan includes the completion of new high-speed rail (HSR) networks as well as upgrades to existing routes. According to Reuters, Biden noted that, “This is about seizing the future… If we do not, you tell me how America is going to be able to lead the world in the 21st century.”

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New Public Transportation Options in 2011

The Transport Politic reports that public transportation projects are springing up throughout the country, not just on the coasts. Most major metropolitan areas are preparing new rail or bus links. These investments demonstrate the public sector’s commitment to extending transit offerings.

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