Seminar “RAIL BALTICA AS INNOVATION PLATFORM” took place on 11th of October 2018 in Tallinn Technology Park Tehnopol .

Event gave an update on the Rail Baltica Global Project,
the latest trends in the railway and transportation sector followed by round-table
discussions – what should be done in order to make Rail Baltica a platform for
innovation and new business models.

The railroads also gave us standardized time zones.

Britain adopted a standardized time system in 1847, but it took nearly 40 more years before the United States joined the club. America still ran on local time, which could vary from town to town (and within cities themselves), making scheduling arrival, departure, and connection times nearly impossible. After years of lobbying for standardized time, representatives from all major U.S. railways met on October 11, 1883, for what became known as the General Time Convention, where they adopted a proposal that would establish five time zones spanning the country: Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific. The plan originally called for a fifth time zone, the Intercontinental, which was instituted several years later and became known as Atlantic Time. At noon on November 18, the U.S. Naval Observatory sent out a telegraph signal marking 12:00 pm ET, and railway office in cities and towns across the country calibrated their clocks accordingly. However, it wasn’t until 1918 that standard time became the official law of the land, when Congress passed legislation recognizing the time zone system (and instituting a new “daylight savings time” designed to conserve resources for the World War I war effort).

Groupwork and discussion results

“What should be done, in order to make Rail Baltica (more than railway) a
platform for innovation and new businesses”