Trains

This Latest Upgrade Won't Fix Amtrak's WiFi

The best commuters can hope for is very fast internet very occasionally.

Imagine: New York to Washington in 72 Minutes, Via Bullet Train

China's fastest trains were unveiled today. Why the northeast corridor won't be getting similar treatment any time soon.

The Deadly Fun 'Sport' of Russian Train Surfing

Sure, it could kill you, but there's no thrill quite like riding on the roof of a 125 mph commuter train.

Vienna's Naked Subway Woman Adds To Rich History of Nude Commuting

It's almost as if journalists have never heard about this happening.

Countdown To the Last Steam Train

These beloved but antiquated locomotives are disappearing from western China.

Indian Trains Will No Longer Dump Human Waste Onto the Tracks

Also, a look at Singapore's intense campaign to reform dag-nasty bathrooms.

Now Boarding the Chicago L: Creepy, Disembodied Animal Heads

Artists modified this train to include gruesome animal specimens, grass growing on the walls and a campsite lit by an electric sunset.

Canada's Rail System May Have Peaked...in 1968

The Turbo train once took riders between Toronto and Montreal in less than 4 hours. Now all we have left are these incredible promotional videos.

Why Britain's Railway Privatization Failed

Accidents and defaults have riders clamoring for a public takeover. But will the promised reintegration work?

In Los Angeles, Ideas for a Quieter Wait for Mass Transit

A UCLA researcher makes the case for several ways to cut noise at transit stations in the middle of freeways.

A Subway Train Ceiling Straight Out of 'Harry Potter'

London designers want to outfit the Tube with a real-time scrolling display showing the sky passing by above.

Why U.S. Transit Systems Are Still So Far Away From Converting to Driverless Trains

Public sector transit unions are a potent force in setting transit agendas in American cities – more so than in Europe and Asia.

What Impression Does Your City Make From the Window of a Train?

A 16-city tour of America, from an Amtrak seat.

Do Honor Systems on Mass Transit Work Better in Smaller Cities?

Los Angeles is once again considering ending the honor system on its rail system.

Can Amtrak Ever Make Money?

A Freakonomics panel looks at if, how, and whether Amtrak can find its way to profitability