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July 22, 2016 Comments (1) Views: 358 California, Connect Classroom, National News, West

Why High-Speed Train Plans Derail in the U.S.

The U.S. has metros with incredible infrastructure. But when it comes to high-speed rail, the United States is falling behind the rest of the world. The only high-speed train line is Amtrak’s Acela in the northeast corridor, which can reach 165 miles per hour. But these trains are authorized only to operate for a few minutes on certain segments of their routes, up to 150 mph.

Though some states are trying to jump on the high-speed rail concept, hurdles exist. One is a lack of federal money to jump-start such programs. Another are the “Buy America” laws, which are preventing high-speed rail cars from being imported into the U.S. No manufactures exist in the U.S. to produce them. Other issues include demand models skewed toward less ridership, as well as America’s love affair with the open roads and highways.

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One Response to Why High-Speed Train Plans Derail in the U.S.

  1. Is it possible to compartmentalize this issue and have a transportation strategy that includes multiple forms of vehicles for varied needs. High speed to connect towns that are potential business partners. Here you begin to create synergies that are regional for industrial growth. This will bring colleges and educators into the picture as well. They are smart creative people that if invited to be part of the conversation will offer critical thinking. Play this out so that transportation throughout cities might be gondolas (Arial) methods that would not need heavy civil construction to make it work. This is how I would approach this idea if I were one of the decision makers.