China's slow trains for the poor

Apr 20, 2021
There are 81 no-frills train routes left over from the Mao era to service far-flung areas. Who rides them?
A villager boards a slow train with a television strapped to his back in 2015. The train connected communities in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces that were not frequently served by China's modernized rail network.
Qian Haifeng

The coronavirus has highlighted the transit inequalities in America

Jul 1, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic essential workers have relied on public transit, just as services are being cut.
An MTA worker hands out free hand sanitizer and face masks at the Grand Central Station subway during morning rush hour in New York City.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

General Electric built this town, but its presence is shrinking

Jan 19, 2018
The company plans to leave the locomotive manufacturing industry in a few years.
Jim Connelly, a former GE engineer, hopes to go back to school and start his own business. He sits at the Lawrence Park Dinor, just up the street from the 350-acre GE plant.
Erika Beras/Marketplace

A rural town hates the coming of high-speed trains

Jul 29, 2015
Tiny Acton, California, fears railway will bring water and noise pollution.

Fun Fact Friday: A driverless battle

Mar 27, 2015
A look at the week that was...

The fight over America's rails

Mar 25, 2015
A train whistle can evoke far-away places and adventure. Also, lawsuits.

Canada proposes tougher standards for oil tankers

Mar 16, 2015
Stricter rules are likely south of the border too.

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Another oil train derails, as new rules approach

Mar 6, 2015
An uptick in accidents suggests tougher rules for oil tankers will prevail.

Train horns driving you crazy? Just wait a few years

Dec 17, 2014
There is a way to silence passing trains, but it takes years and costs millions.

Rail delays shut down Midwestern power plants

Sep 17, 2014
Minnesota utility couldn't get enough coal by rail to keep four plants operating