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Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have teamed up to design new high-speed trains that will operate on both the East and West Coasts. A high-speed line connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles will be the first segment of the project and is scheduled to open in 2022. The new trains will modify the existing Acela models—which serve the East Coast Corridor—to run at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

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  1. philatonian April 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Too bad they haven’t mentioned laying new tracks. The Acela has a top speed of 150 but rarely exceeds 70 because it shares the tracks with the regional lines.

    Without new tracks you won’t be getting to Boston in 2.5 hours, you’ll be sitting behind a regional train going to same speed as you would in the Acela, but with a much pricier ticket to cover the $55M bucket you’re in.

    I love the idea of high speed trains, but the Northeast corridor already has one, the Acela. You can board a train capable of 700MPH, but if it’s sharing the track with a Wilmington bound local, you’re going 80 at best.

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