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  • Freight Shipments, Economy Improving: Ryder CEO Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

    While inconsistent and bumpy, the U.S. economy is slowly showing signs of improvement, Ryder System CEO Gregory Swienton told CNBC Wednesday.

  • China Failed to Heed Rail Safety Warnings Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 12:41 AM ET
    The wreckage of a carriage is lifted from the accident scene of the crash caused by the earlier collision of two trains on July 24, 2011 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. The accident occurred on the evening of July 23 when the D301 train, travelling from Beijing to Fuzhou, collided with the D3115 train, travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, which had stalled on the line after a suspected lightening strike. The first four coaches of D301 fell off the viaduct while the 15th and 16th coaches o

    In the last year and a half, many rail experts in China have warned that the country’s rush to build the world’s longest and fastest high speed rail network in record time was a recipe for disaster. The FT reports.

  • WOTS Now: UPS vs. FDX Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    WOTS Now: UPS vs. FDX

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on shipping companies, automakers and copper, and analysis on energy earnings, with Fadel Gheit, Oppenheimer & Co.

  • A Bonanza for Airlines as Taxes End Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
    Passengers are pictured at Check-In desks at London's Heathrow airport.

    On Friday, Congress failed to approve the extension of a bill to keep the Federal Aviation Administration running. This mean the agency can no longer impose the various federal taxes that airlines add to the price of each ticket. Instead of passing this savings on to consumers, many airlines are keeping rates the same and pocketing the difference, the New York Times reports.

  • Rescue operations continue on the wreckages of two high-speed trains that collided in the town of Shuangyu, on the outskirts of Wenzhou in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on July 24, 2011.

    A deadly train accident in eastern China has added to a national sense of unease that safety  may have been sacrificed in the country’s rush to modernize.  The NYT reports.

  • More Shipments, Higher Prices Coming: Union Pacific CEO Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 11:39 AM ET

    Union Pacific expects to ship more coal, farm commodities and other products in the second half of the year, at higher prices if the economy allows, CEO Jim Young said Thursday.

  • Union Pacific's Record Q2 Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 10:46 AM ET
    Union Pacific's Record Q2

    The economic bellwether is trading higher after reporting a record Q2 earnings. Insight on what this indicates for the overall economy, with Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman/CEO.

  • AMR Contracting Boeing &Airbus Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 1:15 PM ET
    AMR Contracting Boeing &Airbus

    Insight on AMR's largest order in history, with Jason Gursky, Citi defense analyst and CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • AMR Results & Historic Fleet Order Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 7:40 AM ET
    AMR Results & Historic Fleet Order

    This is about transforming our fleet so we'll have the youngest fleet in the industry. Discussing the airline's Q2 results and its historic aircraft order, with Thomas Horton, AMR Corp. & American Airlines president.

  • Airline Earnings in Flight Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
    Airline Earnings in Flight

    Major airlines are out to report this week. A look ahead of the results, with Helane Becker, Dahlman Rose and CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Countries With the Fastest Passenger Trains Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    As rising fuel prices continue to make air and car travel more expensive, countries around the world are pushing ahead with high-speed rail plans.The global rail industry is expected to reach a value of $870 billion in 2012, according to market research firm Datamonitor.In the U.K., nearly 5 percent more passengers used trains in the first three months of 2011, compared to the year before. The country's rail network experienced a level of traffic unseen since the 1920s, according to the Associat

    CNBC.com has compiled a list of the countries with world's fastest trains based on the highest speeds that trains have reached. Here's the list!

  • Working For A Living Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 9:18 AM ET
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    The worst job market since the Great Depression has stunned millions of Americans. Unemployment is having a huge impact on the individual, family and community.

  • Luxury Motorbike Sales Accelerate in India Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 3:54 AM ET
    Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    Every day India’s cities hum with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles precariously weaving their way through traffic. For most riders the two-wheeler is the cheaper and more flexible alternative to a car but for a growing band of more affluent Indians owning a customised superbike has become the ultimate symbol of the country’s new-found wealth. The FT reports.

  • 10 Minutes That Changed Southwest Airlines' Future Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Southwest Airlines planes

    Southwest Airlines is known for its low-priced fares and unmatched profitability in the industry—38 profitable years in a row, according to the company. Part of the profitability comes from Southwest’s ability to get  airplanes in and out of the gate faster than its competitors.

  • Carmageddon 2 Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Carmageddon 2

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports that JetBlue is offering $4 plane tickets to avoid Carmageddon, but Stephanie Howard found out too late.

  • Wireless Driving Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 6:47 AM ET
    Wireless Driving

    Insight on what automakers are allowing drivers to use without being distracted, with Brian Cooley, CNET.com.

  • 'Carmageddon' Descends Upon Los Angeles Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 2:18 PM ET

    If you live in Los Angeles, you know that this weekend the 405 freeway will be completely shut down—completely—between the 10 and the 101 freeways. They're calling it "Carmageddon," and it is the end of the world as we know it. This is a town where freeways are more important than world peace.

  • Airline Firsts That Changed the Industry Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:32 PM ET
    When the Wright Brothers successfully launched their airplane from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a chilly day in December, 1903, they likely never imagined the enormous global industry that would follow.In 2010, commercial airline industry revenues topped $554 billion and are forecast to hit $598 billion in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. The growth over the last 108 years has been enormous, and so have the changes. Some were born of necessity, others of

    Here, we take a look at the evolution of air travel: the good, the bad and the inbetween — they're all "firsts" that changed the industry.

  • How Southwest Airlines Beat the Wright Amendment Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
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    Forty years ago, Southwest Airlines made its debut as a small airline in Dallas, Texas, struggling to keep pace in the business. Today, Southwest is the top domestic carrier in the United States. But on the way to becoming the travel bellwether it is now, Southwest has been met with plenty of tension and turbulence.

  • Southwest suffers from the same ills that plague the rest of the industry: cycles of boom followed by bouts of financial Armageddon, severe competition, and overregulation. Our exception is attributable to the way our employees have responded to these challenges by taking care of each other and taking care of our customers.