Tell Us About The Grossest Thing You've Ever Seen On Public Transportation 

One morning last week, I was riding the train into Manhattan, and saw a woman slurping down a Tupperware container full of soupy, smelly oatmeal. She sat perched on the edge of her seat, shoveling glob after glob into her mouth. I couldn’t get off the train fast enough. It was gross! Surely you’ve seen worse. »11/13/15 12:31pm11/13/15 12:31pm


Why Japan’s Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail to America

High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed… »6/02/15 11:19am6/02/15 11:19am

The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains Are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s… »4/17/15 10:47am4/17/15 10:47am

A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way—and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them. »3/30/15 11:26am3/30/15 11:26am

Train Horns That Keep Me And My Wife Awake At Night, Ranked

My wife and I recently moved to a house in the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood of Tucson, Ariz. Because we had never visited the house in the middle of the night, we didn't realize quite how loud the freight-train horns were. We have adjusted, in part with the help of earplugs. (To spoil another potential list, let me… »2/16/15 12:54pm2/16/15 12:54pm

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 10:28am7/30/14 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 6:56pm6/19/14 6:56pm