While officials on the west coast of the US solidify plans for their high speed rail line, the east coast is hoping not to be left behind. This week, Amtrak announced their hope to create a train line capable of running at 220mph to take New Yorkers to Philadelphia in just 37 minutes and to Boston and Washington DC in roughly an hour and a half (instead of the current 3 or 4 hours). Amtrak’s proposal also includes direct links to airports in major cities like Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and White Plains, New York. The only snag in this master plan is the astronomical price tag of $151 billion, but considering the amount of time and fuel that could be saved, it may be well worth that figure.
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