On Monday, the US High Speed Rail Association (US HSR) held a conference in New York where it unveiled it's plan for 17,000 miles of track criss-crossing the country. It's beautiful, and if the plan can make it past political roadblocks, we all could be traveling at 220 mph on state-of-the-art tracks in a mere 20 years.
The association's plan would be completed in four phases. The first phase will connect the busiest corridors and be completed by 2015. The next phases will begin connecting major regions in order by demand, with slower regional and local tracks being built last.
Major cities and regions will be connected by 220 mph high-speed trains, while smaller cities and towns will be serviced by 110 mph trains. The system will also eventually link local, city-wide transportation like commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, trams and electric buses and bicycles.
The stimulus package dedicated $10.4 billion to high-speed rail projects, but many governors want to use that money on highway projects instead, though Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has refused that request.
The total cost of a large high speed rail network like that proposed by the US HSR would be about $500 - $600 billion.
via US HSR
written by chris, November 23, 2010
written by Russell Nelson, December 02, 2010
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