China eyes selling high-speed trains to California

Oct 21, 2014

China eyes selling high-speed trains to California

State-backed China CNR Corp. is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signaling the country’s growing export ambitions for such technology after building the world’s longest network in just seven years. It marks the first concrete attempt by China to sell ...

Maglev faces cost, engineering hurdles

Oct 18, 2014

Maglev faces cost, engineering hurdles

Central Japan Railway Co.’s maglev line, approved Friday, will speed travelers from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes, beating the fastest shinkansen by more than half the time. The technology for building magnetically levitated trains, which has been under research since 1962, is ...

Oct 12, 2014

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their ...

Service without a smile: Why airlines aren't nice

Oct 12, 2014

Service without a smile: Why airlines aren't nice

Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street. For all the accolades, Virgin America has lost ...

Oct 5, 2014

Letter records Titanic's near-miss of another ship

A letter being auctioned this month documents the most bitter of ironies from the Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage: the Titanic came within a few feet of striking another liner as it sailed from England, days before its destruction by an iceberg. The April 11, ...

Oct 4, 2014

Hokuriku shinkansen fares set to undercut flights to Ishikawa

One-way reserved seats from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, will cost less than comparable flights to Komatsu when the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Line opens, it has been learned. According to East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co., which are building the new ...

Sep 30, 2014

Britain mulls women-only carriages after sexual assaults

Britain may consider women-only carriages on trains in a bid to combat a rising number of sexual assaults on commuters, the transport minister said Monday. Minister Claire Perry said she was “absolutely determined” to do whatever it took to increase safety and reverse an ...

Chicago-area air traffic control center fire affects 1,750 flights

Sep 27, 2014

Chicago-area air traffic control center fire affects 1,750 flights

A fire apparently set by an employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the cancelation of more than 1,700 flights at the city’s two major airports, snarling air traffic across the United States, officials said. Flights resumed at O’Hare International Airport, ...