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2101, 2021

Watch a Chinese high-speed train take off from Shanghai to Beijing

By |January 21st, 2021|

China has been investing billions in a high-speed rail network across the country, between major cities and into rural regions. Here’s what it's like to ride one of these trains leaving Shanghai for Beijing. It will get up to 350 km per hour (that’s 217 miles per hour). High-speed rail is expensive, but it makes sense on popular routes where it can draw people away from carbon-intensive air travel. And it’s convenient. I’m no longer surprised when a Chinese colleague says, “Why didn’t you take the train?”

512, 2020

Guest Post: Massachusetts Sierra Club comments on East-West Passenger Rail

By |December 5th, 2020|

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study and is published as a guest post with permission.  The Massachusetts Sierra Club simply urges you to commit to East-West Passenger Rail and to develop and implement a plan to achieve it as soon as possible. Our highways are operating at overcapacity. Massachusetts is home to the first, second and fourth largest cities in New England all of which are located along the congested I-90 corridor. Yet vehicles are the overwhelming mode choice along this route because other mobility options [...]

512, 2020

Guest Post: Letter to MassDOT from Steve Strauss, NYS Council Representative – Rail Passengers Association

By |December 5th, 2020|

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study by Steve Strauss, and is published as a guest post with his permission.  Thank you for the opportunity to comment on MassDOT’s East-West Rail Study.  The document represents an informative first step with good documentation of existing conditions, understandable maps and tables and identification of three reasonable alternatives. The Study does a good job of breaking the project into the three logical and distinct segments (BOS to WOR; WOR to SPG and SPG to PIT) and explaining the particular situations, [...]

512, 2020

Guest Post: The Timidity of the East-West Rail Study by Andrew Jennings

By |December 5th, 2020|

This letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation during the comment period for the draft East-West Rail Study by Andrew Jennings, and is published as a guest post with his permission. After reviewing the East-West Study Draft Report I realized how timid it was.  Recommendations were few and most decisions were punted until further research was done.  Much of the additional research could have been included within the scope of this study.  This timidity may result in the consignment of this study to a shelf to gather dust.  Being overly cautious kept ridership estimates and benefits low, likely [...]

2806, 2020

The Future By Rail & Recordings Of Last Week’s Zoom Presentations

By |June 28th, 2020|

It’s Time For America To Get Serious About Fixing The Trains This article by Amy Crawford explains that "Instead of spending billions to bail out airlines, advocates argue for a more carbon-friendly pandemic investment: railroad travel." Rail is the mode that “best supports 21st-century development in bustling urban centers, walkable downtowns even in much smaller cities and towns and the agglomeration economies of cities and megaregions that are driving the vast majority of current economic growth,” according to a white paper laying out Moulton’s plan. In other words, trains are not only better for the environment than other modes of transportation, [...]

1706, 2020

East-West Rail News & More Online Events

By |June 17th, 2020|

Here's our interns' report on the East-West Rail Study meeting last week. They are also participating in our weekly "Office Hour," an informal meeting that anyone can join. Today, at 2pm, we'll be talking about the economic benefits of rail. The Zoom link is below, along with a list of other events, including a program in partnership with Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a virtual town hall this past week regarding the potential of an East-West Rail. Attendees and board members were given several proposed cases ranging from partial train service supplemented by buses to the implementation [...]

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