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UBS predicts post-pandemic shift from air to high speed rail

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- 'By Train or Plane?' The Traveller’s Dilemma after Covid-19 and amid Climate Change Concerns was prepared by UBS researchers in an attempt to determine which business sectors will be most and least affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, what the short-, medium- and long-term options for aviation may be, and what market opportunity may exist in Western Europe. --- The report sought to ascertain what a shift from air to rail for both business and leisure passengers would mean in terms of carbon emissions. It also aimed to assess the impact on industries related to the air and rail modes, including OEMs and suppliers to the oil and gas sectors as well as infrastructure and airports.

- The report found that consumers and governments were becoming ‘more climate aware’, with the Covid-19 outbreak revealing in industrialised countries ‘what clean air means’. Using data from the European Union, aviation represented about 2∙5% to 3% of global emissions, but around 15% of transport-related emissions, the authors said. In 2017, transport generated 4 483 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, with road transport responsible for 73% of greenhouse gas emissions, aviation generating 14%, maritime 13∙5% and rail about 0∙5%. --- Noting that most governments in developed countries had set targets for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or 2050, the authors ‘therefore expect an acceleration in the shift from planes to high speed rail in both Europe and China’.

- UBS analysts found that governments would ‘pursue the expansion of high speed rail’, with more than €100bn being invested in the European Union and more than 800bn yuan spent in China, generating ‘incremental demand for new equipment to boost speeds and density’. They estimated that there would be ‘revenue opportunities’ worth €40bn to €60bn in Spain, France, Germany and Italy over the next 10 years. This could slow global air traffic growth to 4∙6% a year over the 2018-28 period, they believed, although ‘every player is exposed in the air travel, rail and auto sectors’. --- ‘In China, high speed rail has taken more travellers off the roads than away from airlines, although that could change’, UBS said.

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More Highways, More Problems

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- As in most of Texas’ sprawling cities, it seems like Houston’s only solution to reduce traffic and speed up commutes is to tack on more lanes to existing highways. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimates that over the next decade, almost $20 billion will be spent on highway improvement projects along the state’s most congested roads. Today, there are at least three multimillion-dollar highway projects underway across Texas—I-45 in Houston, the I-345 bridge in Dallas, and I-35 in Austin.

- No matter how fast the state builds highways, they keep filling up. An expansion of Interstate-10, also known locally as the Katy Freeway because it connects the suburb to downtown Houston, was completed in 2011 with a $2.8 billion price tag. Its 23 lanes were supposed to save commuters from being stuck in gridlock during rush hour. By 2014, commutes were even worse than before the expansion. The phenomenon is called induced demand. The new, open stretches of freeway incentivized more drivers to get on the road than ever before. Year after year, commuters always seem to be stuck in traffic. And as massive concrete overpasses rise and fill up, suburban drivers aren’t the only ones suffering the consequences.

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Pigeon birth control program expanded to eight SkyTrain stations

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- A pilot study to see if feeding pigeons birth control can lower their numbers at Vancouver’s SkyTrain stations has expanded to include eight stations in the region. — As the birds who call the stations home die of natural causes, researchers and TransLink staff hope there won’t be as many young birds to take their place, and pigeon numbers will decrease over time.

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Whether you like Musk or not and whether you think half his ideas are lunacy doesn't really matter, Musk is the kind of person we need more of.

As our world urbanises, especially in developing countries, we are going to have to think completely outside of the box to improve our mobility in a sustainable manner. Even if only one in twenty of all the new ideas come out are promising and workable, that is a great leap forward. Our world is changing at a dizzying rate and we must be prepared to toss out our preconceived paradigms and embrace new and novel alternatives.

Personally I think Musk is a bit of an arrogant little prick but I thank God we have people like him because his type of novel thinking is the kind we need if we are going to be able to meet the daunting transportation challenges ahead.
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they say tesla in the name because they are like driverless buses and they would use 5g. thatys the only thing related to elon musk. elon musk wants this but underground. this is like a cheeper version, i think above ground is a little better because then you can see where you are going. im not into smart cities though, too many cars and not many trains.
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Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake

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- Japan's latest record-breaking bullet train doesn't only run faster and smoother -- it's also able to transport passengers to safety in the event of an earthquake. The N700S -- the 'S' stands for 'Supreme' -- entered into service July 1 and serves the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka. — It can run up to 360 kilometers per hour, a new record set during a test run in 2019, making it one of the fastest trains in the world. The operating speed, however, will be capped at 285 kilometers per hour.

- The brand-new train has a more angular nose, chubbier "cheeks" and sleeker headlight design. On the inside, newly designed seats allow passengers to recline further, offering more comfort, especially for long-haul riders. Each seat has an individual power outlet.
Interior lighting has been designed to create a softer, more relaxing atmosphere. The overhead baggage racks will be lit up at each stop to remind passengers of their belongings. More reservation-only storage areas for extra-large luggage have been added to this model as well.

- The actual ride will be a lot quieter and smoother, too, thanks to a new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements. In addition to a focus on increased comfort, designers behind the new model put great emphasis on safety. — The train has an upgraded automatic control and braking system that allows it to halt faster in case of an emergency.
It's also fitted with lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system -- the first of its kind in the world.

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Next stop: the station of the future

Jul 16, 2020


New technology coupled with better design and the use of innovative materials are helping to make stations easier to navigate, safer and more environmentally friendly.
David Burroughs reports on the latest developments in station design.



Ülemiste station in Tallinn, designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will serve the Rail Baltica corridor. Image: ZHA



To improve access to rail for urban, regional and inter-city passengers, the industry is taking bold steps to transform stations into user-friendly locations that are easier to navigate, safer, more inviting and better integrated with their surrounding communities.

As with any prediction of how things will develop in the future, it is difficult to say with certainty what exactly the station will look like in a decade or two. But a number of projects and innovations which are currently considered niche and futuristic are beginning to bear fruit, offering a glimpse of what could soon become commonplace.

Research is underway into how exactly passengers use, interact with and move through stations, and how this can optimise passenger flows to create a seamless and trouble-free experience.


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France to launch 'railway highways' in push for greener economy

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- France’s prime minister vowed on Monday to develop “railway highways” to carry food and other goods that now go by truck, part of a government push to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Jean Castex said the “fresh food train” linking the main wholesale market in Paris to the southern city of Perpignan would reopen after that line was closed last year. The line would eventually be connected to a broader European line between Antwerp (Belgium) and Barcelona (Spain), he said, and two new national North-South lines would be launched. --- Freight trains will be able to use the country’s railway infrastructure for free until the end of the year and the fee they normally pay will be halved in 2021, he added. The Transport ministry later said those fee measures would cost 63 million euros ($74.02 million) a year.

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German coalition recommends reopening 4000km of lines

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- A coalition of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and Allianz pro Schiene have proposed reopening up to 238 disused or freight-only lines to passenger services, totalling a potential 4016km of infrastructure. --- The analysis, published earlier this month, shows that three million German residents currently without access to rail services in 291 towns could benefit if the proposed lines were reopened. This follows the approval of more than €10bn of additional rail investment funding by the German government for federal states, for reopening and electrification projects between 2021 and 2031. --- The majority of closures have been in former East Germany. Since then, only around 933km have reopened. However, the proposal suggests that most towns lacking suitable rail connections are in populous western states such as Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, where the former German Federal Railway undertook widespread closures from the 1950s to the 1980s. By contrast, some eastern German states have no towns identified in the analysis.

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Virgin Galactic partners with Rolls-Royce as it looks to build an aircraft for supersonic air travel

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- Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic announced it signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to develop an aircraft for supersonic travel, giving a first look on Monday of the coming vehicle’s design. Supersonic travel is a long-term bet for Virgin Galactic, which has been developing reusable spacecraft capable of sending people on short trips to the edge of space for more than a decade. --- The initial supersonic design targets Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, using a delta-wing aircraft. Virgin Galactic said the aircraft would be capable of carrying between 9 and 19 passengers and would cruise at an altitude above 60,000 feet.

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New Hampshire is first state to allow flying cars on the road

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- On Wednesday, the Granite State passed House Bill 1182, aka the "Jetson Bill," into law, and the transportation bill includes a prevision that makes flying cars legal on public roads. There aren't any to hit the roads today, but it's a future forward gesture, I suppose. — To be clear, the legislation doesn't let future flying cars zip above roadways, but it does allow them to operate as a traditional vehicle on public roads. Essentially, it lets tomorrow's drivers/pilots drive to the airport and then takeoff towards the skies. And no funny business, either; flying cars will not be allowed to take off and land on public roads.

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Siena, Italy, crams 30,000 people into the amount of space occupied by a five-stack interchange in the Bayou City.

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