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 Based on the Grand by Design exhibition that was on display at the station last year, the website includes historical documents, videos, stories, and… » 2/16/14 3:42pm 2/16/14 3:42pm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 installing … » 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. Just… » 12/05/13 3:19pm 12/05/13 3:19pm

The Motion Of A Train Drawn By A Train

Station to Station is a project that brings "cultural interventions" to nine cities around the U.S.. Basically it's a tricked out train with lots of art installations and other pieces on board. And when the train stops in each city, there are additional local events planned. If you want to see what goes on on the train… » 9/15/13 8:14pm 9/15/13 8:14pm

Nuclear-Powered Vehicle Concepts from the Mid-20th Century

One of the promises of the Atomic Age was the notion that, one day, we would all be riding around in nuclear-powered cars, trains, and airplanes. Even if our roads were never filled with nuclear cars, many designers came up with prototypes and concept art for atomic transportation. » 8/17/13 4:43pm 8/17/13 4:43pm

Here's what Elon Musk's secret project might actually look like

For months, space entrepreneur Elon Musk has been teasing fans with hints about his next big project, a "hyperloop" super train that would get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Now, Musk says that this schematic is the "closest" anyone has gotten to guessing how the hyperloop would work. » 7/16/13 11:54am 7/16/13 11:54am

Trains Derail In Canada, Russia, Killing Five And Injuring Many More

This has been a terrible weekend for travel. Seriously, just stay inside. Don't go anywhere. Wait until Mercury is unretrograded, or whatever. Pack a bug-out bag. Is that what the kids are calling them these days? » 7/07/13 3:57pm 7/07/13 3:57pm