Two Women Escape Train, Death by Lying Between Tracks

Two women with an apparent death wish narrowly escaped an oncoming train crossing a bridge over Lake Lemon in Indiana earlier this month. The bridge too high up to jump from, the women had no choice but to lie down between the tracks. They survived, the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis reports, with just nine inches… » 7/30/14 10:28am 7/30/14 10:28am

This Aluminum Car Was Built To Run On Abandoned Railways

Nearly 5,000 miles of abandoned railways criss-cross the the landscape in Mexico and Ecuador, left dormant for decades after privatization of the national system suspended passenger service in 1995. Two Guadalajara-born artists wanted to travel the paths of these "modern ruins," so together they designed what just… » 6/19/14 6:56pm 6/19/14 6:56pm

A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 5/10/14 1:43pm 5/10/14 1:43pm

The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/19/14 3:30pm 4/19/14 3:30pm

How Rail Can Work For, Instead Of Against, Airlines

In China, the national high-speed rail system is fast, efficient, and transports twice as many daily passengers than the country's domestic airlines — the opposite of what happens here. Chinese airlines are complaining and provide a good lesson for U.S. operators: It's easier to embrace rail than fight it. » 4/01/14 11:25am 4/01/14 11:25am

First Video of Chicago Airport Train Derailing and Going Up a Stairwell

On Monday a Blue Line subway train at Chicago's O'Hare airport jumped the rails and then proceeded to plow its way up a set of stairs and escalators. And just a few days later security footage of the incident has finally been released. Not surprisingly, it looks like a real life action movie—minus the Hollywood-style… » 3/26/14 9:25am 3/26/14 9:25am

Tour the Crazily Complex Skeleton of NYC's Newest Subway Line

The Second Avenue Subway is more than 80 years in the making. Some said it would never be done. Yet, deep underneath Manhattan this spring, the final framework is being laid for a system that will carry millions of commuters through the city—and it looks downright primordial. » 3/04/14 3:46pm 3/04/14 3:46pm

Beautiful New Website Explores 100 Years of Grand Central's History

New York's Grand Central Terminal is one of the country's largest and busiest public transit structures, and now it has a new website that honors its outsize legacy. Based on the Grand by Design exhibition that was on display at the station last year, the website includes historical documents, videos, stories, and… » 2/16/14 3:42pm 2/16/14 3:42pm

This Auto-Speed System Will Keep Trains from Going Off the Tracks

Last week's deadly Metro-North commuter train derailment was an undeniable tragedy. It's also one that could potentially have been avoided regardless of human error. An automated train speed control system already exists, but neither Congress nor the rail transportation industry has actually gotten around to… » 12/10/13 11:55am 12/10/13 11:55am

A Gift Guide for the Transit-Obsessed

This one's for the people who give you more reliable subway directions than HopStop, who can describe to you, in detail, the metro map in any given city, and who want to ride the bus "just because." These transportation-themed gifts will fare well for any and all overzealous public transit enthusiasts in your life.… » 12/05/13 3:19pm 12/05/13 3:19pm