High speed trains: The U.S. to the future

Friday, April 17, 2009

Imagine the ease of riding trains between metropolitan areas in the U.S. Simply buy a ticket, board a train, kick back and read, sleep, listen to your podcasts of The Takeaway. Doesn't that sound better than braving crowded airport drop-offs, hours-long security lines or snarled traffic on the interstate? This vision of the future of travel may become a reality. Yesterday, President Obama expressed his ambition towards building high-speed passenger rail lines in ten regions across the country. To discuss how this will be possible The Takeaway is joined by Matt Dellinger, a writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the New York Times .
"It wasn't as if Eisenhower snapped his fingers and the interstates were built the next two years."
—Writer Matt Dellinger on Obama's proposed rail system

Here's a brief look at how one town, Springfield, is planning on upgrading their infrastructure:


Matt Dellinger


Stephanie Loleng

Comments [1]


I love the convenience of the large rail network in Europe.

I think I read an article in the New Yorker several years ago comparing the regular train route between Washington DC and New York City and flying between the two and the result was that both took about the same amount of time because of the need to commute from the each city to the airport and back. The total time was about 4 hours. In fact the train time was about 3 minute shorter than the total airplane/taxi to airport mode of travel.

The ACELA line actually get a person from New York to Washington faster than flying does.

Until recently in lived in a state that passed a referndum to build a high speed maglev train from one side of the state to the other, between two major cities. It passed by a large margin, but the Governor used a little known part of the state constitions to overturn the result of the referendum

Apr. 17 2009 01:20 PM

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