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Miami Beach Light Rail Moves Forward

Originally published on Gas2. After what seemed like decades of chatter debating the pros (many) and cons (none) of improving mass transit on Miami Beach, it appears that the city is finally moving forward with a proposed light rail/wireless streetcar system. Once built, the light rail transit system would provide transportation up and down South […]

December 30th

Audi Utilizing Alstom-Produced Plug-In Hybrid Shunting Locomotive At Facility In Ingolstadt

The German automotive manufacturer Audi is utilizing one of Alstom’s 1,000-horsepower plug-in hybrid shunting locomotives at its facility in Ingolstadt, according to recent reports. The new 3-axle Alstom H3 plug-in hybrid locomotive is capable of running on about 50% of the diesel required by a conventional counterpart (thereby lowering emissions, reportedly), and is, of course, […]

November 8th

China Railway International Looking Into Financing Portion Of Proposed Californian High-Speed Rail Project

In a rather interesting turn of events, it appears that China Railway International is working with the Chinese Export-Import Bank to potentially finance a portion of the proposed Californian high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to reports. The Chinese organizations responded to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s “expressions of interest” — […]

October 25th

Two-Thirds Of Americans Would Utilize High-Speed Rail If It Was Available

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans would use high-speed rail if it was available, based on the findings of a new survey from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). To be more exact here, 63% of those surveyed stated an interests in utilizing high-speed rail service if it was available. Also worth noting here is that […]

October 2nd

Dallas City Council Gives Preliminary Approval To New Light-Rail Line

The City Council of Dallas, Texas, has gone ahead and given preliminary approval to the creation of a new light-rail line intended to improve transportation options in the city’s downtown core, according to recent reports. This proposed second downtown light-rail line could begin construction within only a few years, following final approval. The city’s transportation […]

October 2nd

Electric Train Trials Begin In Britain

The auto industry is under the gun to produce zero-emissions cars, taking the route of either hydrogen, hybrid, or electric vehicles. Locomotive builders are also going green though, and in Britain the first battery-powered train is ready to begin trials, reports Rail Journal. These trials are important, as the London to Stansted Airport line is […]

August 22nd

What US High-Speed Rail Should Look Like (Map)

US high-speed rail (HSR) is a dream of many, including President Obama and Vice President Biden. The Obama administration and Congress dedicated a good bit of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for high-speed rail in locations across the US. This excited a good number of people, but there’s no denying […]

February 16th

Record Siemens Electric Train Order From Poland

Poland is apparently getting an upgrade to a bit of its railway lines, with DB Schenker Rail Polska S.A. ordering 23 electric trains (or “locomotives,” as Siemens call them) from train giant Siemens. DB Schenker Rail Polska is a Polish subsidiary of the European DB Schenker Rail, and it is the largest private rail freight company in […]

December 6th