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Bullet Train Crash and Bus Fire in China Raise Questions about Transit Safety

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A crash involving two trains and a fire aboard a long-distance bus in China caused a total of 80 deaths in a two-day period late last week, raising questions about that nation’s safety culture. The high-speed train crash occurred July 23 when a moving train rear-ended a stopped train in Wenzhou, in China’s eastern Zhejiang [...]

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Observations

New maps show how 1889 Russian flu rode the rails to circle the globe in months

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Many people assume that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic spread rapidly across the globe largely due to the sheer number of people hopping onto planes. But more than 120 years ago, trains and ships alone sped the transmission of the 1889 "Russian" flu so that it reached the U.S. 70 days after the virus’ first peak [...]

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Plugged In

Guest Post: Exploding Oil Trains – Should we worry about the train or its cargo?

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If you haven’t seen the video of the train carrying Bakken crude oil exploding, it is quite an impressive and scary sight. Fortunately, in the Casselton, ND incident, nobody was hurt by the explosion. But, it still leaves us with the question, should we be terrified of the train or its cargo? The hazards of [...]

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Plugged In

Exploding oil train, Alabama edition

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Well, this is becoming an unfortunate trend. Another train carrying oil has derailed and exploded, this time in Alabama. From the Reuters news report: A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in western Alabama in the early hours of Friday morning, spilling oil and leaving eleven cars burning in the rural area. No [...]

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Designing Our Own Neighborhoods

After a half-century of brutal urban renewal, sidewalkless cul de sacs, and unwalkable sprawl, planners all over the world have turned towards what was left out of planning for decades: community. Whether it’s planning approaches like Complete Streets or assessment methods like walkability scores, communities have learned that people want to interact with their surroundings [...]

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Roots of Unity

The Shocking Failure of British Rail Travel to Respect the Triangle Inequality

A British train approaches a station. Image: Ingy the Wingy, via flickr.

I spent about a month in the UK earlier this summer, and that meant I took a lot of train trips. I love riding trains: the feeling of endless possibility I get when I look at the departure boards, the countryside rolling by, the fantastic people-watching, the two-hour delay between Edinburgh and Manchester because a [...]

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