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Amtrak Rolls Out Plan for Northeast High-Speed Rail Corridor

by , 10/06/10
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Amtrak recently unveiled their latest plans for a new high-speed rail corridor in the Northeast US that will connect Boston, New York, Philadelphia and DC. High-speed trains will travel up to 220 mph and make the 426 mile trip in less than 3 1/2 hours, compared to the current run time of 8 hours on the regional and 6.5 on Acela trains. Amtrak’s plan is expected to cost over $117 billion, and it won’t be realized until 2040 – over 30 years away! It’s clear that we need this high-speed rail corridor, but is there any way they could speed things up?!

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The new rail corridor will require its own set of dedicated tracks in order to keep service consistent throughout the day. Average speeds for the trains would be around 140 mph, cutting the trip down to half of what it is now. The expanded train service would mean more departures per day and the ability to accommodate even more passengers. Hub stations would be located in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. with regular stops in other important locations.

The build-out for expanded service would take place over 25 years and it would provide over 40,000 full-time jobs annually with an annual investment of $4.7 billion. Funding along with political will are obviously the biggest hold-ups to achieving a functioning high-speed rail system in the US. Amtrak’s plans for a critical update to this important transportation corridor are certainly good news, but 2040 seems like an awfully long time away.

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Via The Infrastructurist

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5 Comments

  1. Amtrak To Buy Electric ... November 4, 2010 at 10:49 am

    [...] company said the new purchases would “provide improved performance and reliability for its Northeast intercity passenger rail services.” The new train contract was awarded to German company Siemens, but before you start [...]

  2. eddriver October 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

    a number of years ago I listened to an investment banker in Boston who I was driving to Logan Airport in very heavy traffic , tell me the answer to the amtrak problem. A tax free investment plan to build a high speed rail system in the northeast. That and other creative tax reducing investment plans plus a Robert Moses type czar could have us speeding on the rails in less than ten years.

  3. steve pop October 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    We have a great country. So why can’t we get up to speed with the rest of the G20 on HSR and renewable energy? Does the name Military Industrial Complex ring a bell? These are the future. Believe it. Ask you Gov. and State Rep. why you don’t have much more of each on their agenda. When you get the wrong answer, remind them : WE ARE GREEN , WE ARE WATCHING and WE VOTE.

  4. Steve99 October 9, 2010 at 6:49 am

    What about the rest of the country?
    Michigan\’s corridor isn\’t anywhere
    near finished and Amtrak is already
    talking about the next generation
    NE corridor. I think not.

  5. adamclark1 October 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    “is there any way they could speed things up?!” Yes!! Don’t let the federal government have anything to do with it. I know it’s frustrating to see many GOP candidates and serving members say they are against building a HSR system. As an eco-conscious conservative I understand the conflict. Our transportation infrastructure is crumbling badly. We need to invest heavily in new and existing infrastructure. We know that. I know I speak for many Republicans and conservatives when I say that it’s not the idea so much as it is the cost of realizing the idea. I remember an anecdotal story about a bridge in California that needed replacing years ago. The California DOT was asked to give a price and time quote. They said it would cost $20Million and take 2 years. Unhappy with the answer, they asked a private road construction company. Six months and $2Million later the new bridge was open. America is not Europe, China or Japan. We shouldn’t pretend that answers for their problems in their countries will work here, and we most certainly should not let the federal government take a good idea and screw it up. Letting the individual states negotiate with several competing construction companies will cut construction time and cost.

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