“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we’re reading about high-speed rail.
1.) 24 countries on track for high-speed rail. High-speed rail systems will be operational in 24 countries by 2014, new research indicates. As popularity for this advanced form of transportation grows worldwide, will the U.S. get on board?
2.) High-speed rail officials rebuffed proposal from French railway. The French railway recommended that the state build the rail line along the Interstate 5 corridor and partner with it or another foreign firm to hold down costs.
3.) Is California’s high-speed train on track or off the rails? One political party absolutely loves the idea of the modern rail system, both as a boon for business and commerce, and, incidentally, perhaps as a bit of a boondoggle for its political buddies.
4.) It’s time to plan for high-speed rail. [Letter]
5.) Amtrak’s high-speed Northeast Corridor plan at $151 billion. Amtrak’s updated plan for high-speed train travel on the East Coast envisions 37-minute trips between Philadelphia and New York, after a $151 billion redevelopment of the entire Northeast Corridor.
Image credit: California High Speed Rail Authority / Associated Press