Return of the inter-city train

This article outlines the development of rail passenger transport in the USA, including higher-speed rail links. Motivation ranges from economics to environmental causes, but there is a change in official thinking to encourage new development. The term "high-speed" includes line speeds of only 175 km/h, as state regulations require lines with faster trains to be totally separated from road alignments. High-speed lines originally attracted government investment, but declined with mechanical problems and lack of further funding. Recently use of the passenger network has increased. State governments have provided funding to upgrade short- and medium-distance corridors, as train travel becomes more acceptable to the current younger generation. Infrastructure and rolling stock improvements have cut journey times. There is support to create a new inter-city route into New York City. Inter-city routes in the interior and southern states are less well developed. Faster passenger services are envisioned, including the possibility of trains operating at over 300 km/h.


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  • Accession Number: 01102707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2008 8:22AM