New York High Speed Rail Routes Score Top Marks in New Study

by , 01/16/11

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This morning, America 2050, the nation’s pro-high-speed rail group, released the first ever comparative study of nearly 8,000 potential high speed rail corridors. The analysis revealed which routes are most suited to high-speed rail, based on factors that have contributed to rail ridership in other parts of the world. Of the top ten proposed corridors, seven of them stop in New York City. Click through for the details!

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Propose Northeast Region high speed rail routes from the study "High Speed Rail in America"

The New York to Washington D.C. route scored the highest, but the study, “High Speed Rail in America,” found that a rail along the whole Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C. with stops in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, would be the most worthwhile. Many of the highest scoring corridors — like New York to Philadelphia and New York to Albany — are less than 150 miles long, making them much cheaper and easier to build than longer routes. In fact, the New York to Albany route is more cost effective than some routes that are already underway, like Orlando to Tampa.

According to the study, high-speed rails work best in regions that have established transit ridership, large populations, and major employment centers (sound familiar?). Considering that the largest five cities in Northeast region account for 80 percent of the nation’s rail transit ridership and the fact the New York City leads the nation in population and employment, it’s easy to understand why high-speed routes to and from the Big Apple scored the highest.

You can download the complete survey here.

+ America 2050


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  1. rpvitiello March 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    That megabus ticket is not fully paying for the interstate highway they drive on either. If bussess and cars dont fully pay for the road they drive on, why should trains be expected to fully fund the tracks they run on?

    the population keeps going up in the northeast, and I-95 is pretty much over capacity for the entirety of its length. in this area, expanding that would probably cost more than this high speed rail link.

  2. lazyreader January 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Here, this presentation is much more detailed……click…

  3. lazyreader January 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Say for instance I wanted to go from Baltimore to New York. It would cost over 100 dollars on High speed rail or I could just spend 12-15 dollars on Mega-bus. It’ll cost billions of dollars to just build on high speed corridor at the cost of 30-100 millions dollars per mile and it’s fares will not cover the cost of even its construction. High speed rail is not as useful as you think. Just click.

  4. lazyreader January 17, 2011 at 8:02 am

    If for instance I ever wanted to go from say……Baltimore to New York. It’ll cost 80 dollars or more on Amtrak. Over 100+ on whatever new high-speed rail. But only a mere 12-15 dollars if I took Mega-bus, and the overall time difference is about 80 minutes more than usual. It’s gonna cost billions of public money to get new rails and rolling stock. Buses are cheap, practically dirt cheap compared to trains. High speed trains are not as useful as people think they are. Flying is still cheaper.

  5. yankeegeek January 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

    What actions can we take to advance true high speed rail in the Northeast?

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