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Save the Catskill's Railway, Save the New York State Past

Merima Trako | Posted 07.29.2016 | New York
Merima Trako

Recently my family and I spent a weekend in the Catskill Mountains in the New York State. Even though we've lived in Connecticut for the past thirteen...

Data Proves That Railroads Drive the American Economy

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 06.13.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

Every school age child learns that molecules are the basic building block of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist.

Railroads Can Ease the Burden of Our Infrastructure Woes

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 05.16.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

With America's highways and bridges facing a backlog of $740 billion in repairs, transportation experts agree that the United States -- even with progress made through passage of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) in 2015 -- still has a long way to go.

Unprecedented Coalition Backs Governor Cuomo's LIRR Expansion Project

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 04.07.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

An unprecedented coalition has formed in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project. The Right Track for Long Island C...

Railroads Power Modern Life

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 02.22.2016 | Business
Edward R. Hamberger

Washington, D.C. residents can grow numb to the beauty that surrounds them. From the Capitol dome to the White House to the Washington Monument, these...

Gdansk: The Gate to Central Europe

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Pawel Adamowicz

Gdansk, the city on the sea, has always benefited from its location. In its history of over 1000 years it was Poland's gate for trading grain and othe...

I'm With Stupid: The Pleasures and Peccadilloes of Traveling by Train

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Todd Hartley

The unenviable Catch-22 that American rail travel faces: If the trains were nicer and faster, they'd probably be more popular, but unless they get more popular, they'll probably never get nicer and faster.

Top Spots to Travel Back in Time in the Tawases

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel
Lisa Carpenter

Tawas City and East Tawas -- "the Tawases" -- are picturesque sister communities on the east coast of Michigan. The quaint area on the shores of Lake Huron's Tawas Bay offers fun and sea and sand to both the residents and year-round visitors.

The return of private rail passenger service?

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.05.2015 | Travel
Robert Whitcomb

Since the disappearance of private-sector passenger rail service decades ago, intrepid entrepreneurs have tried to bring it back. None have succeeded...

Amtrak on the Wrong Track: Travelling the U.S. Railroads on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.16.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Virtually every other rail company I have traveled on throughout the world issues a numbered reservation, thus avoiding such a circus.

What Do the Ferguson Movement, the Charleston Killings and Oil Trains Have in Common?

Todd Paglia | Posted 07.03.2016 | Black Voices
Todd Paglia

Little by little, we are getting closer to a deeper conversation about race -- and what we can do to correct our ugly history so that the actions of the future are not continuously bound by the racist policies and practices of the past. We are not there yet, but this issue isn't going away.

'Green News Report' -- May 14, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.14.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hours after Amtrak crash, Republicans vote to cut Amtrak's budget; FBI violated its own rules to spy on Keystone XL pipeline protesters; Hawaii votes to be first in the nation to reach 100% renewable energy

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

"Green News Report" - May 12, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Explosion, fire and oil spill at nuclear plant just outside New York City...

'Green News Report' - May 7, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Huge, political clean sweep for social progressives in Alberta, Canada, h...

The 5 Most Beautiful Train Stations Across America

Thrillist | Posted 05.10.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

There are, however, some stations that are so beautiful, so historic, so straight-up cool that you're more than happy to get stuck, if only to wander around for a bit and pretend you're Eliot Ness trying to take down Al Capone.

Long Island Rail Road Moments That Tug at the Heartstrings

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 01.03.2015 | New York
Brian Patrick Harmon

For four years, I spent over three-and-a-half hours a day riding the Long Island Rail Road to work in Brooklyn. For those who pick their heads up from their smartphones now and then, there are plenty of feel-good moments to be seen and heard.

Now This Here's the Story about the Tshiuetin Line - Labrador's Railway: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front - Part 20

Mike Arkus | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Down the Tshiuetin Line is a mighty good road, Oh the Tshiuetin Line is that road to ride... Time for Yours Truly to move on down from Labrador to ...

How, When, and Why Were Time Zones Created?

Quora | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Quora

By having an exact time standard humans added a very real and meaningful layer of stress to our lives that still impacts all of us today. The lack of an exact time standard allowed for far more flexibility in just about ever aspect of everyone's life.

5 Must-Sees in Skagway, Alaska

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 10.04.2014 | Travel
Chuck Mirarchi

In 1897, over 100,000 would-be-miners and dreamers traveled from all over the world and stampeded into Alaska on their way to the Klondike Valley to find their riches during the Klondike Gold Rush. Many of those prospectors came through Skagway, Alaska.

Piece of Town's Railroad History Becomes Students' Learning Lab

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Lauren Walser Students in Cienega High School's construction technology course learn preservation trade skills at the 1915 section foreman house....

More Cool Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Union Station

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

While waiting in the Washington, D.C., Union Station Main Hall, many visitors look up to admire the beautiful barrel-vaulted ceilings currently undergoing restoration or the statues of Roman legionnaires that look down from stories above. Rarely, however, do you see people looking back at you.

Reigniting America's Infrastructure Longpath

Ari Wallach | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ari Wallach

There is no question that the pressing current problems of today deserve our attention and many of America's best minds are working tirelessly to solve them. But, in the confines of short-term thinking, we cannot adequately solve, or even imagine, the problems of tomorrow.

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

All Aboard! 5 Train Rides on Roaring Camp Railroads

offMetro.com | Posted 10.18.2013 | San Francisco
offMetro.com

Sometimes you've gotta steamroll out of town, and there's no better way than hopping aboard Roaring Camp Railroads. This restored 19th-century railroa...