Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

Dec 30, 2014

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. In the chaos that followed, passengers said, they received virtually no instructions ...

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

Dec 27, 2014

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

A hippopotamus that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle and landed on a car, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report a “dinosaur” on the loose. Television footage showed the animal lying on the road with ...

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

Dec 27, 2014

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

A woman in Philadelphia got an unexpected holiday surprise on the subway in central Philadelphia when she went into labor, delivering a healthy child dubbed the “Christmas baby.” The woman was on the train Thursday when her water broke. Two transit police officers were ...

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

Dec 27, 2014

U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride in Texas

With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Co. plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to ...

Dec 26, 2014

China extends high-speed rail network to Xinjiang

China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi and Lanzhou in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometers away. A slick bullet train took off from Lanzhou West Railway ...

Dec 22, 2014

Tax cut eyed for eco-friendly minivehicles

The government and the ruling parties plan to introduce a tax cut for eco-friendly minivehicles in the fiscal year beginning next April 1. The tax cut is for “kei” class minivehicles, which have an engine displacement of 660 cc or less and a maximum ...

Dec 21, 2014

Firms agree to cooperate on next-generation assisted driving systems

Japanese automakers, electronics firms and others have reached a basic agreement to unify standards for next-generation assisted driving systems, informed sources told Jiji Press on Sunday. The standards will seek to use the 760 megahertz band, a frequency spectrum left unused since television broadcasting ...

Dec 21, 2014

Wrong-way drunk driver covers 50 km on French highway

A drunk driver clocked 50 km going the wrong way on a highway in western France, colliding with three cars along the way but injuring only one person, police said Saturday. The 56-year-old from the central city of Tours was driving home from southwestern ...

JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Dec 18, 2014

JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has started to build underground stations at two terminals that will host a magnetically levitated train for service between Tokyo and Nagoya that is expected to begin in 2027, it said Wednesday. In October, JR Tokai, operator of ...

Dec 17, 2014

Panel to examine cycling safety measures after rise in collisions

As more people take to cycling and collisions with pedestrians increase, the transport ministry is looking at supporting municipalities’ efforts to build additional dedicated lanes. The ministry said it will set up a panel of experts Friday to examine the best way to promote ...