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Wales completes £800m order for 148 new trains

<b>Wales has placed an £800m order for 148 "longer, quieter" trains, with air con, wi-fi, step-free access and power and USB sockets for each seat.</b><p>KeolisAmey won a £5bn bid in May to run rail services in Wales and the new South Wales Metro for 15 years.<p>Spanish firm CAF has won a £400m deal to build 77 …

Trains

A more realistic route to autonomous driving

NOBODY likes it when a taxi takes longer than expected to arrive. But that is what is happening with self-driving cars. Building a vehicle that can …

Artificial Intelligence

Florida Is on Track to Build New Passenger Train System

The Brightline train company recently submitted a bid to run a passenger line between Tampa and Orlando, a move that’s been generally welcomed by …

This Sydney train trip video has gone viral across the world, but why?

Many Australians have been left confused as to why there's such a fuss about a Sydney train trip video on Facebook - after it attracted close to 3 …

The psychological tricks TfL uses to make London's tube feel faster

Commuters are difficult animals to herd – a fact learned the hard way by Transport for London (TfL), which runs the Underground network as well as …

How do you define “safe driving” in terms a machine can understand?

WHEN people learn to drive, they subconsciously absorb what are colloquially known as the “rules of the road”. When is it safe to go around a …

Here's What The New Piccadilly Line Trains Will Look Like

TfL announced today that it has commissioned 94 new design trains for the Piccadilly line, in a £1.5bn contract.The new trains will be designed and …

The Road To 4G On The Tube Has Officially Begun

It won't be long until you can hear people yelling down their phone over the noise of the tube. That's right, the process to bring 4G down into tube …

Do Britain’s railways need a Fat Controller?

ON MAY 20th, the biggest changes to train timetables in modern British history took place, affecting commuters and business travellers across the …

Siemens bags £1.5bn contract to build new generation Tube trains

Siemens has been named by Transport for London (TfL) as the chosen supplier for the £1.5 billion Deep Tube rolling stock contract.

Siemens wins $2 billion contract to build new London Tube trains

LONDON (Reuters) - A division of Germany's Siemens <SIEGn.DE> has been awarded a contract worth about 1.5 billion pounds ($2 billion) to design and build 94 new trains for the Piccadilly Line on London's metropolitan train network, known as the Tube.<p>Transport for London (TfL), the public body in …

An obscure Chinese firm has taken over London’s black cabs. Its next target? Beat Uber at its own game

On a sprawling industrial park just outside of Coventry, a Chinese company you’ve never heard of is reinventing our cities’ broken transport systems. …

Maglev trains: why aren't we gliding home on hovering carriages?

Clean, green, quick and quiet; no wheels, no engines to fail; able to stop quickly and safely and glide off noiselessly on a cushion of air.<p>Magnetic levitation (maglev) was, according to 1980s science shows such as Tomorrow’s World, going to make domestic air travel defunct, humming from city to …

Trains

Vehicle ban at Bank junction 'halves casualties', report says

<b>A vehicle ban at one of London's busiest junctions could be made permanent after the number of casualties in the area was halved.</b><p>Since 21 May 2017 only buses and cyclists have been allowed to use Bank junction on weekdays from 07:00 to 19:00.<p>The City of London Corporation said there had been a 52% …

England

What Happens When a City Bans Non-Resident Drivers?

Besieged by commuters taking Waze-powered shortcuts, Leonia, New Jersey, closed its side streets to non-residents. Not everyone is happy with the results.<p>LEONIA, NJ—During morning rush hour, one of the first things you’ll notice on the streets of Leonia, New Jersey, are the yellow “resident” tags …

Urban Design

Chris Grayling is a car kind of guy – but he crosses pedestrians at his peril | Laura Laker

Moving roadworks on to pavements, as the transport secretary wants to do, will worsen congestion by making it harder to walk<p>It seems ironic that the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, should usher in National Walking Month by announcing plans to dig up more pavements, to spare motorists the …

Glasgow Queen Street is UK's least popular railway station – survey

Glasgow Queen Street is Britain’s most unpopular railway station, new figures show.<p>Only 58% of passengers say they are satisfied with the city centre terminal, according to Transport Focus data.<p>The second-worst score was given for the station serving Gatwick airport (66%), followed by Oxford (67%) …

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early …

Trams are great for city transport – why doesn't the UK have more?

The UK used to be covered in trams, with networks in virtually every city and town, but now just eight (or six, depending on what you include) …

Trains

Brussels Makes an Extreme Plan to Fight Pollution Emergencies

When the air gets bad, transit would be free. When it gets worse, the city would effectively grind to a halt.<p>In Brussels’s fight against extreme pollution, the city is taking some of the most radical action plotted by a Western capital so far. After a slate of drastic new measures were approved …

Transit

Private companies want to replace public transport. Should we let them?

Companies like Uber and Citymapper are scrapping for a piece of the mass transit market – with or without the support of public bodies<p>The sleek black van seemed a lot like a taxi. After summoning it to my location in central London using my smartphone, I walked a short distance to the pick-up point …

Transportation

Uber to buy electric bicycle-sharing firm Jump

<b>Uber users around the world may soon be able to hire electric bicycles through the app, after the ride-sharing firm bought US bike-hire firm Jump.</b><p>Based in New York, Jump allows riders to rent electric-powered "pedal assist" bikes via an online platform.<p>Its bikes are also dockless and do not need to …

Transportation

The Outlook for Public Transit Isn't All That Bad

For a century, Americans have loved their cars, and the freedom that goes with them. But although it’s often neglected and scorned, public transit has always played a crucial role in sustaining American cities. Now, those cities have to decide whether to keep investing in transit, or to wind down …

Sound Transit light-rail riders increasing by the millions

Greater Seattle saw the highest growth in the number of people choosing transit compared to all other major metropolitan areas, adding more than 4 …

How to escape traffic hell? Seattle has an idea.

It’s called congestion pricing, what many economists consider a two-for-one solution for bad traffic and air pollution. The idea is simple: Put a …

Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better

One of the more puzzling questions arising from the revolution in autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is what impact it will all have on …

Autonomous Vehicle

Trains across south west London are about to get more punctual and reliable after major upgrade work finished over Easter

Rail passengers across south west London will benefit from more reliable and more punctual train journeys after a £45m signalling scheme was wrapped …

City studying ways to get more New Yorkers on commuter rail lines

Department of Transportation seeking to relieve pressure on the subway<p>The city’s Department of Transportation is studying ways to get more New …

AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes

Using publicly available camera footage and a machine-learning algorithm, we can now say that the lanes are blocked almost always.<p>Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. His frustration began with UPS …

First self-driving train launches on London Thameslink route

Rail company says system will not mean end of drivers, but will allow more trains<p>Passengers have been carried across London by the first self-driving train on a mainline railway in the UK.<p>Govia Thameslink Railway promised that it would not spell the beginning of the end for drivers, who remain …

Trains