An easy way to travel and connect oneself with the whole city is through trams. Small and convenient, a tram is like a bus on road. To make trips around the city easy, a new concept in trams called the Alstom Loop train-tram is here.
It’s quite often that we bear witness to transport systems being run into the ground, dust covered, dirt covered, rust and paint chips breaking away until dead. Not often do we see a system that flourishes in nature, it’s very environment becoming one with the natural world. That’s what’s going on here, in “People Mover,” a concept to reality in Bologna. This entire system is made up of 5084 meters of track, a monorail with two terminals. The entire route is laid next to a walkway both for easy access at every stop and as emergency exit space.
One of the best ways to decrease the use of foreign oil is to pull of cars from the highway and have people use modes of mass-transit instead. Giving commuters a better alternative to driving down to work everyday in their gas-guzzling cars could sure help save the environment from all that burning fuel. Here’s an innovation, a marvel rather, on wheels that could help do the job. The United States might finally have its own high-speed rail service, connecting Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston if Amtrak’s plans go well. Costing around $117 billion, Amtrak has already requested some $2.5 billion from Congress for 2011. $8 billion from Obama and the rest from private investors might just have this rail system on track. To be completed by 2040, the new railway could take just 84 minutes for a trip to Boston from New York City, unlike the 2.5 hours it takes by the current trains and the 4 hours by road.
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The increasingly cramped out roads in modern cities resulting from the rising number of vehicles has forced people to adopt other means of transportation that are not only safer to travel in but also help them reach their destination at a considerable speed. As a result, high speed trains come as a solution and are becoming popular with each passing day. China is also one of the countries facing the overcrowded roads and has already made a nice effort to get rid of it with CRH2-380A which has already broken the record of unmodified train with a speed of 486KPH. But Chinese are not to settle with this much and the next generation of high speed trains – with a speed of 500km/h – is under development. So, Gary Gu’s CRH-X Cobra Concept train is a design proposal for Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, Tsinghua University and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The inspiration for the design comes from the shape of a cobra; hence the name, CRH-X Cobra.
Taking the train to your destination has some great advantages, but it can sometimes be a cramped, uncomfortable trip. This design from Chris Precht, which won second place in the Bombardier YouRail Design Contest, suggests a provocative new type of seating for trains: seats which can be pushed up and stowed out of the way when not in use.