A Tour of the Futuristic Roof on California's High-Speed Rail Station

As the landmark signifying an entirely new way to travel throughout the state, California's first high-speed rail station needs to look firmly towards the future. Thanks to a material called ETFE that turns its roof into a giant plastic balloon, this Anaheim station showcases groundbreaking design and engineering… » 10/02/14 4:06pm 10/02/14 4:06pm

5 Rail Stations From America's New Golden Age of Train Travel

With a high-speed rail network slowly making its way towards reality, cities are commissioning grand stations for the 21st century to accommodate this new mode of transit. Here are five stations on the horizon that are bringing the drama and glamour back to train travel, while positioning it for a high-tech,… » 6/05/14 9:00am 6/05/14 9:00am

Why Every Writer in the U.S. Is Now Asking Amtrak for a Free Ride

It began when writer Alexander Chee made a simple, obvious statement in an interview with the literary organization PEN: Trains are great places to write. "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers," he said. » 2/24/14 9:27am 2/24/14 9:27am

This Is Obama's State of the Future


Last night, President Obama delivered his yearly State of the Union address. Jobs! War! Bipartisanship! Awkward clapping! Sleeping senators! But also, lots of future talk. Below, we break down Obama's claims for America's tech horizon, and what they might mean. » 1/26/11 3:01pm 1/26/11 3:01pm

Obama's Crazy-Ambitious Plan for High-Speed Rail Lines in America

Europeans and Japanese already enjoy high-speed rail service, but Americans are woefully dependent on cars and planes to get from city to city. Not for long, if Obama has anything to say about it. » 4/16/09 2:29pm 4/16/09 2:29pm