Entries tagged "Rail"

  • Myanmar Overhauls Rail System | March 19, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

    Myanmar has begun overhauling its national rail system starting with two major arteries pivotal to economic revitalization.

  • Japanese Freight Service Joins BRI | March 12, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

    Japanese trading house Itochu is launching a freight transport service linking Japan and Europe via China.

  • China, India Compete in Nepal Through Railways | March 9, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

    Nepal's new prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli finds himself courted by China and India for railways projects.

  • The Rise of China-Europe Railways | March 6, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

    Just 10 years ago, regular direct freight services from China to Europe did not exist. Today, they connect roughly 35 Chinese cities with 34 European cities. But despite their rapid advances, these lines must compete with maritime routes that have dominated commerce between Asia and Europe since the late fifteenth century. It remains to be seen how much trade they can capture.

  • Bid-Rigging Arrests for Japan Maglev Project | March 5, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

    Japan's big four contractors are accused of bid-rigging for a planned magnetic levitation train line in an apparent effort to protect earnings amid pressure to cut costs.

  • Philippines' Largest Co. Looks to Power, Rail | Feb. 8, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

    San Miguel, the Philippines' largest listed company by revenue, has earmarked $13.6 billion to expand its investments in multiple sectors including power and transport infrastructure.

  • Duterte on Infrastructure: "Build, Build, Build" | Jan. 24, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

    Trucks and bulldozers are clearing the way this week for a 38-kilometer stretch of train tracks that is one of the Philippines largest infrastructure projects under Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

  • Thailand Slows High-Speed Rail Aspirations | Jan. 18, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

    The Prime Minister of Thailand has instructed transport officials to reduce the maximum speed of the 670-kilometer Thai-Japanese high-speed rail.

  • Malaysia, Singapore Sign Rail Transport Pact | Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

    Malaysia and Singapore signed a bilateral agreement to build and run a Rapid Transit System Link on Tuesday, advancing an initiative to boost connectivity between the two Southeast Asian nations.

  • Indonesia Launches Rail Service to Jakarta Airport | Jan. 2, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

    Indonesia launched rail service linking central Jakarta with Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in a bid to combat highway congestion.

  • Jakarta Keeps $2.1B Rail Project Afloat | Dec. 12, 2017, 9:35 a.m.

    A railway system under construction in Greater Jakarta avoided delays last after Indonesia's top ministers proposed a new funding scheme for the $2.14 billion project.

  • Malaysia Co. Bids for East Coast Rail | Dec. 11, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

    Malaysian construction company Gabungan AQRS is close to winning a contract to construct Malaysia's East Coast Rail Link from Port Klang to the border with Thailand.

  • Israel Proposes Ambitious "Tracks for Peace" | Oct. 24, 2017, 9 a.m.

  • Philippine Firm Pushes Monorail in Manila | Oct. 11, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

    A Philippine conglomerate is pushing a new monorail connection to one of Metro Manila's busiest train lines.

  • Malaysia's WCT Holdings Gets $196.88M Light Rail Project | Aug. 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

    WCT Holdings, a Malaysian construction and property development firm, has accepted a contract to construct and complete the Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) and other associated works for $196.88 million.

  • Australian Firm To Launch Property, Infrastructure Fund In Japan | Aug. 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

    Australia's NAB Asset Management is preparing to bring a property- and infrastructure-focused investment product to the Japanese market, with shares in electric utilities, railroad operators and other infrastructure-related companies accounting for a substantial proportion. The new fund could top out at $35 billion.

  • Malaysia's Felda Global Seeks Rail Partnerships | Aug. 15, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

    Malaysia's state-run palm oil producer Felda Global Ventures Holdings said Monday it is keen on providing integrated logistics services with parties involved in the development of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Drops $82B train project | Aug. 11, 2017, 9:20 a.m.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's leading engineering companies, will withdraw from a 9 trillion-yen ($82 billion) prestigious high-speed railway project of magnetic-levitation (maglev) train cars, a futuristic technology allowing trains to move without contacting the ground.

  • The Iron Silk Road’s Centerpiece | Aug. 8, 2017, 9 a.m.

    When operational, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway could unlock new trade patterns and shift Eurasia’s economic center of gravity inward. The potential gains are significant, but so are the obstacles in laying the Middle Corridor of the New Silk Road.

  • ASEAN at Fifty | Aug. 4, 2017, 1:58 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Japan Expands Rail Services to Europe | Aug. 1, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

    Japanese international freight forwarder Nippon Express is poised to expand rail services between Europe and Asia to take advantage of anticipated trade hikes from China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • A Second Look at China-Europe Trains | July 26, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

    The news is full these days of “historic” train links between China and Europe. But these powerful symbols aren’t always what they seem. A closer look cautions against declaring that the Silk Road is ba

  • Indonesia May Drop Japan for Rail Bids | July 18, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

    Indonesia may forego its plans to have Japan construct a 750km rail link between Jakarta and Surabaya in favor of inviting other countries to bid on the project in an attempt to lower costs.

  • The Struggle Behind the Trans-Siberian Railway | July 5, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

    The guiding principle of the Trans-Siberian Railway was not about the routine moving of people from place-to-place, but sticking a pair of iron rods into bleak territory that had strategic importance in defining Russia’s role in the Far East.

  • Modi’s Infrastructure Spending Spree | June 26, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • How Britain’s Colonial Railways Transformed India | June 13, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The railways delivered much for India. Just as with the United States of America, they bound the country together.

  • Strategic Infrastructure | June 5, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

    Infrastructure is often viewed as a domestic economic issue, but throughout history, key projects have also advanced national security and foreign policy objectives.

  • China Eyes 2020 to Triple Rail Freight to Europe | May 12, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

    China's National Development and Reform Commission is aiming to nearly triple the number of rail freight trips running between China and Europe from around 1,800 to 5,000 by 2020.

  • Iran's Railway Revolution | May 10, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

    Better infrastructure will not make Iran's economic success inevitable, but it certainly will shape the strategic landscape in which Iran makes its future decisions.

  • Japan-Philippines Discuss Rail Projects after $9B Deal | March 30, 2017, 9:23 a.m.

  • Russia Discusses Connectivity, Labor with N. Korea | March 28, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

  • Taiwan to invest $28B in infrastructure upgrades | March 24, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

  • Russia and India’s Plan to Skip the Suez Canal | March 14, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

    A new link in the North-South Transport Corridor connecting Russia, Iran, and India could have far-reaching implications for economic patterns between Europe and Asia.

  • India Turns Outward for Rail Revamp | March 2, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

  • Unrest and Isolation in India's Northeast | Feb. 27, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Violent protests could derail India’s regional connectivity plans for years—a pause that India can’t afford.

  • On Thin Ice | Feb. 17, 2017, 8:57 a.m.

    Asia is home to permafrost that extends to lower latitudes than anywhere else in the world. But as global temperatures rise, that permafrost is thawing and posing challenges for the region’s infrastructure.

  • India’s New Budget Pushes Railway Reform | Feb. 2, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

  • Hyperloop on the Silk Road | Jan. 31, 2017, 9 a.m.

    A Hunchun-Zarubino Hyperloop would propel Russia to the forefront of transport innovation and could be the first step toward the twenty-first century Silk Road.

  • Rail’s Digital Revolution | Jan. 24, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

    Data sharing could revolutionize the efficiency of the entire global supply chain – from ship to train to truck and beyond.

  • Infrastructure Lifts Thai Economy | Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Continued investment in Thailand’s infrastructure has analysts predicting a rapid expansion of the country's gross domestic product, Nikkei reports. The majority of investment will be focused on improving roads and the fledgling rail system.

  • Emerging Technology and Tomorrow’s Geography | Jan. 19, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

    From 3D printing to Hyperloop One, find out how emerging technologies are reshaping transportation, and with it, the world’s economic geography.

  • Freight Service Expands with Indian Economy | Jan. 11, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

  • Japan Cautious as Indonesian Rail Cost Skyrockets | Jan. 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

    Major upgrades proposed by Indonesia for the Trans-Java Railway have caused a 300% increase in construction cost, leaving Japan hesitant to provide aid, Nikkei Reports.

  • Indonesian Rail Boosts Business | Dec. 21, 2016, 9:04 a.m.

  • 17 Projects to Watch in 2017 | Dec. 21, 2016, 9 a.m.

    A selection of the top projects we’re watching this year.

  • Ukraine's Frozen Conflict | Dec. 16, 2016, 11:43 a.m.

    Infrastructure in Ukraine’s Donbass is desperately in need of repair and restoration as fighting in the region goes on, but patterns of infrastructure investment suggest the conflict will not end soon.

  • Malaysia Debuts Rapid Transit Rail | Dec. 16, 2016, 12:05 a.m.

  • Japan Invests $391 Mil for Myanamar Rail | Dec. 10, 2016, 12:05 a.m.

  • Myanmar to Revamp Railways | Dec. 5, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

  • OBOR on the Ground | Nov. 30, 2016, 9 a.m.

    It could take decades for OBOR to unfold. But it is a development that is worthy of greater attention from U.S. researchers and policymakers today.