High-speed service: Not so fast

What does the future hold for rail in the Northeast? By James Abundis

An Amtrak train passed over the Susquehanna River in Maryland.


Bring high-speed rail to New England

Faster train travel would unlock huge economic growth, save money on highways and airports, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The grandeur and history of Chicago’s Union Station contrasts with the spartan, endless horizon on a train heading West across the plains, pictured below.

Nostalgia coupled to reality on a transcontinental train

Traveling coast-to-coast is one of the most intimate ways to see the country, but it is a bumpy ride.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/GettyImages-71350387.jpg America’s freight trains are first class

The system moves everything from coal to corn to cars at incredible speeds, carrying invaluable benefits to commerce and the environment.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/27/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/1129_osborne200-773.jpg 2016 contenders mixed on rail infrastructure spending

A look at the presidential candidates’ records on rail.


alex beam

Never change, slow trains

Trains are among the last imaginative spaces that remain in a world where it’s increasingly hard to distinguish real events from the fake.

Emil Jacob, Jacob Innovations


Light-weight elevated trains as the future of Boston

A Cambridge designer has proposed a retro idea to replace all MBTA routes.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/maeda_11umassfood_g12.jpg The Issue of Food

A meal is more than just the sums of its parts — technology, politics, and culture are all in the mix.

Sea change

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/04/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/ship%20finding.jpg Rough seas ahead for the US Navy

Regaining the combat edge demands more than tinkering with machinery.

Pope Francis' US visit

John L. Allen Jr.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/John_Allen-622.png US, Vatican aren’t exactly BFFs

Popes and presidents collide as much as they intersect.