This article discusses the prospects for high-speed rail in the USA, which are at present very poor, because all main line railways there have to be shared with freight trains. There is no prospect of any high-speed railway lines being built in the short or medium term, or probably even in the long term. Thus promoters of high-speed rail, even when limited to 200kph, must negotiate with the large freight railways, who own almost all existing track, about terms for allowing high-speed trains to run. Although a conference was held in Washington, DC on this subject in November 1994, no progress was made, because the freight railways still showed no enthusiasm for any form of mixed traffic. The US national passenger rail company, AMTRAK, has so far been able to adapt only its north-east corridor railways for European-style mixed passenger and freight traffic. No other US line can at the same time keep its heavy freight and accept passenger trains at more than 130kph.

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  • Authors:
    • BATISSE, F
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 24-31
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  • Accession Number: 00729338
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM