- innovative /IN-uh-vey-tiv/
- endeavor /suh-STEY-nuh-buhl /
- sustainable /suh-STEY-nuh-buhl /
- serenity /suh-REN-i-tee/
- revival /ri-VAHY-vuhl/
[adjective] – using new methods or ideas
The company needs an innovative solution to the problem.
[noun] – en-DEV-er
He wished me success in all my future endeavors.
[adjective] – causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time
Donating your unused items is a sustainable action.
[noun] – the quality of being peaceful and calm
The Japanese garden brought me to a state of serenity.
[noun] – the process of becoming more active or popular again
This year saw the revival of 1990s fashion.
A French start-up created by Adrien Aumont and Romain Payet has unveiled Midnight Trains, an innovative project on a new network of overnight services from Paris to 12 European destinations. The endeavor aims to revamp the overnight train experience by launching a “hotel on rails” that offers a more sustainable and comfortable alternative to the basic night train services. Passengers are guaranteed “privacy, security and serenity” in each of the hotel-style private rooms that boast an onboard restaurant, a bar, and an app-operated concierge service. Co-founder Aumont notes that the company hopes to spearhead the reinvention of sleeper trains, adding that there are currently limited options for those who want to avoid flying within Europe and despise being in a cramped place packed with strangers. The French duo believes that Midnight Trains will prove an appealing option for those concerned about the environmental impact of flying. Look out for 2024 as the first route is expected to launch that year while the network plans to become completely operational by 2030, with routes from Paris to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Scotland. The start-up says its prices will be competitive with airline fares, highlighting that passengers will “save at least one night of accommodation” expenses.
The recent revival of night trains is partially owed to “flight shaming,” a movement that has spread across Europe in the past few years as passengers become more aware of their carbon footprint. Domestic flights decreased by 9% in Sweden in 2018, while Dutch airline KLM removed advertisements encouraging people to fly less in 2019.
- Have you ever ridden on an overnight train?
- Do you know someone who works in a transportation company?
- If you were a founder of a start-up, what changes would you make on trains?
- Do you agree that public vehicles should be more sustainable?
- What do you think transportation would look like 20 years from now?