Transport Action BC

2011, March 8

Current issue of Trains should be required reading

Filed under: high speed rail, Inter-city rail — Tags: , , , — Matthew @ 12:25 am

The April issue of Trains magazine has a special 48 page report on fast trains. It describes new high-speed trains in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Europe, relative speed, why some Americans can’t seem to embrace high-speed rail, a map showing the highest speed portions of tracks in the USA (70 mph (112 km/h) is considered high-speed for Amtrak) and many other articles.

A special article on Amtrak Cascades describes how Washington state has grown their system slowly and steadily over the past 10 years by focusing on small incremental improvements to increase the average speed over time, instead of trying to focus on top speeds. It is frequency, reliability and comfort that will bring people back to the train, not absolute top speed.  This article especially should be required reading for folks at the BC Ministry of Transportation who are overly focused on roads.


2010, March 28

Canada Lags at High-Speed Rail

Filed under: Inter-city rail — Tags: — Rick @ 12:38 pm

  Monte Paulsen, author of The Tyee series on high-speed rail, provides a précis of Canada’s efforts and lack thereof when it comes to high-speed rail. Much of the discussion will be familiar to Transport Action members. The article moves beyond Windsor-Quebec City, discussing the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, which noted high-speed rail activist Paul Langan suggests may have a better chance of achieving high-speed rail. The consortium backing this corridor is arguing that government must level the playing field with other passenger transportation modes and provide the tracks for trains to run on.   Walrus Magazine » High-Speed Trains: Off The Rails

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