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China Unveils Super Lightweight 310 MPH Bullet Train

China Unveils Super Lightweight 310 MPH Bullet Train

Despite a year plagued by crashes and economic problems, the Chinese government successfully tested a brand new train capable of hitting 310 miles per hour this past weekend. The prototype bullet train is

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for New Ourense High-Speed Rail Station in Spain

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for New Ourense High-Speed Rail Station in Spain

Foster + Partners won the international design competition along with the help of engineers, G.O.C. and Cabanelas Castelo Architects with their proposal. The station itself will bridge the existing rail

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Naturally Daylit Guangzhou South Railway Station is a Critical Stop in China’s High Speed Network

Naturally Daylit Guangzhou South Railway Station is a Critical Stop in China’s High Speed Network

Inspired by modern airport layouts, TFP Farrells adopted a vertical organization strategy in order to maximize space and provide a clearer passenger flow. The departures concourse is on the top level,

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Foster + Partners Unveil Thames Hub Plan To Update Britain’s Energy & Transport Infrastructure

Foster + Partners Unveil Thames Hub Plan To Update Britain’s Energy & Transport Infrastructure

Foster + Partners begins with the premise that Britain is operating with inadequate and aged infrastructure, which is hindering the country's ability for trade and weakening the economy. To move forward

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California’s High Speed Rail Could Cost $98 Billion

California’s High Speed Rail Could Cost $98 Billion

Governor Edmund G. Brown recently appointed two new members to California's high-speed rail authority and asked them to assess the viability of California's high-speed rail proposal. They announced the

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China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

gmp Architekten won the station's design competition back in 2007 and then commenced on construction, which lasted 2 1/2 years in 2008. The new station is a contemporary interpretation of the

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Transportation Designers Uninvent The Wheel to Create More Efficient Transit Systems

Transportation Designers Uninvent The Wheel to Create More Efficient Transit Systems

For millenia, the wheel has revolutionized life on planet Earth - it powered human development, was literally a cog in the Industrial Revolution, and let us travel really, really fast from A to B. However

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China Halts 80% of High-Speed Rail Projects Following Devastating Crash

China Halts 80% of High-Speed Rail Projects Following Devastating Crash

China's 200-mile-per-hour high-speed rail system was the envy of the world until a terrible crash earlier this year killed 40 people and injured another 200 in the southern city of Wenzhou. The safety

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Two-Mile-Long Solar Tunnel Unveiled for Paris-Amsterdam High Speed Rail Line

Two-Mile-Long Solar Tunnel Unveiled for Paris-Amsterdam High Speed Rail Line

Last year we reported how clean energy company Enfinity was working with Belgian rail infrastructure firm Infrabel to make rail travel even greener by installing 16,000 solar panels on the roof of a

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House Panel Considers Privatizing Rail

House Panel Considers Privatizing Rail

After a third Republican governor said no to federal high-speed rail money citing potential cost overruns, a House committee is looking into building railways without federal involvement. House

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VIDEO: Mad Men Hash Out Ad Campaign For High Speed Rail

VIDEO: Mad Men Hash Out Ad Campaign For High Speed Rail

Leave it up to the wunder-kids at Mad Men to come up with a great advertising campaign for high speed rail. Actors Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer head back to 1965 to discuss commercial ideas to drum

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High-Speed Rail Threatens to Topple Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Italy

High-Speed Rail Threatens to Topple Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Italy

While politicians on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. are debating the benefits of high-speed rail, the news in Italy is that Michelangelo’s statue of David may be at risk of being toppled by the

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High-Speed Rail Goes To Florida’s Supreme Court

High-Speed Rail Goes To Florida’s Supreme Court

The high-speed rail is now making its way high up into the courts. The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later today in a lawsuit filed against Governor Rick Scott, for refusing to take $2.4

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SOM’s Lattice Roofed Tianjin High Speed Rail Station Blends Seamlessly into a Lush Park

SOM’s Lattice Roofed Tianjin High Speed Rail Station Blends Seamlessly into a Lush Park

The station will be located within the new mixed-use Tanggu District of Tianjin City, to the east of Beijing. The center of SOM's design is a latticed roof that appears to flow right into the beautifully

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UK High-Speed Rail Plans Raise Noise Pollution Concerns

UK High-Speed Rail Plans Raise Noise Pollution Concerns

The United Kingdom may have gotten its high-speed rail plans off the ground, but they are now facing mounting concern over an unconsidered aspect of the transport system - increased noise. According to a

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Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

China and Japan have been constantly trying to outdo each other when it comes to high-speed rail. Now, the Central Japan Railway Company has announced that it plans to build the world's fastest train. The

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Republicans Begin Fight Against High-Speed Rail in US

Republicans Begin Fight Against High-Speed Rail in US

President Obama's goal of building a high-speed rail network that at least 80 percent of Americans will have access to by 2025, is facing major resistance in Congress. Earlier this week, Vice President

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President Obama’s State of the Union Calls the Clean Tech Future Our Sputnik Moment

President Obama’s State of the Union Calls the Clean Tech Future Our Sputnik Moment

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last night, he called our current quest for green technology our generation’s “Sputnik moment”, urging the nation to see other

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New York High Speed Rail Routes Score Top Marks in New Study

New York High Speed Rail Routes Score Top Marks in New Study

This morning, America 2050, the nation's pro-high-speed rail group, released the first ever comparative study of nearly 8,000 potential high speed rail corridors. The analysis revealed which routes are

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Central Valley Scores First Piece of California’s High Speed Rail

Central Valley Scores First Piece of California’s High Speed Rail

California's much-anticipated high-speed rail project is finally set to hit the tracks -- starting with a 54 mile-long stretch of railway set to be laid down in the Central Valley. The track, which was

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Chinese Commercial Train Obliterates Speed Record At 302MPH

Chinese Commercial Train Obliterates Speed Record At 302MPH

Image © AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Junxi In October, Inhabitat brought you news about China claiming to have broken the speed record for locally produced trains with one of their scheduled service trains

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Amtrak To Buy 70 High Speed Electric Trains For $466 Million

Amtrak To Buy 70 High Speed Electric Trains For $466 Million

It looks like the United States is finally getting on board the high-speed rail bandwagon. While China and Europe may have embraced the benefits of this green form of transportation years ago, the US was

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China Claims High-Speed Train Breaks Speed Record

China Claims High-Speed Train Breaks Speed Record

China's high speed rail service has been making headlines for months, breaking speed records, and announcing plans to make rail links from Asia to Europe. However this week, the Chinese rail service is

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200MPH Bullet Trains to Connect Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam

200MPH Bullet Trains to Connect Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam

Good news for European jet-setters: traveling from the U.K. to Germany and Holland is about to get a whole lot easier. German rail company Deutsche Bahn is in the testing stages for a cross-channel bullet

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Amtrak Rolls Out Plan for Northeast High-Speed Rail Corridor

Amtrak Rolls Out Plan for Northeast High-Speed Rail Corridor

Amtrak recently unveiled their latest plans for a new high-speed rail corridor in the Northeast US that will connect Boston, New York, Philadelphia and DC. High-speed trains will travel up to 220 mph and

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Chinese Train Smashes World Record for High Speed Rail Travel

Chinese Train Smashes World Record for High Speed Rail Travel

In another triumph for green transportation, Shanghai's latest bullet train has obliterated the previous record for the fastest high speed train in the world by 21km/h. The lightning fast train was able

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A Super Futuristic Net Zero High Speed Rail Station for Stuttgart

A Super Futuristic Net Zero High Speed Rail Station for Stuttgart

Stuttgart, an important city in the European network, was hampered by its end of the rail line station, which only had one way in and out. The new station turns the tracks perpendicular to the old, so

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LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space

LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space

Los Angeles is taking a progressive look at public transportation and railLA is leading the way, bringing together the forces of the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the

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Taiwanese Survey Shows High Speed Rail is Good For Love

Taiwanese Survey Shows High Speed Rail is Good For Love

Photo credit: curran kelleher High speed rail isn't just an efficient, low-carbon way to get from point A to point B -- it might just help your love life too! A new survey from Taiwan reports that the

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