BY ETHEL NAVALES
A closer look at railway projects around the world
Over 200 years ago, the world was introduced to rail through the steam
engine, and suddenly the method of transporting passengers and goods
changed forever. Today, rail continues to be a major form of passenger and
freight transport, carrying over 40 percent of worldwide goods. Rail options
include everything from city trams, electric subways, freight trains and
even high-speed bullet trains. And despite its 200-year history, the industry
continually strives to take innovation to a new level.
Today, unprecedented railway projects can be found all over the world,
promising to leverage the latest technology. We had the opportunity to
speak with representatives from three different rail projects—in three
different countries. In the United States, the California High-Speed Rail
Program, the Elizabeth line in London, England and the Inland Rail in
Australia. We’ve found that although there are differences between them in
terms of location, challenges and progress, they all have one goal in mind: to
improve the quality of people’s lives through infrastructure development.
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Ethel Navales is the Associate
Editor of Right of Way Magazine.