High-speed rail, or HSR, is a type of passenger rail transport that can travel at significantly faster speeds than conventional rail transport: about 124 miles per hour for upgraded track or 155 miles per hour for new track. In Japan, Shinkansen lines run at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour; in China, high-speed lines operate at more than 200 miles per hour. (A magnetic levitation line, or Maglev for short, can reach 268 miles per hour.) High-speed rail is usually designed for passenger travel but can also support freight service.
While Florida returned $2.4 billion of federally allocated high-speed rail money last month, over 24 states across the country are now clamoring for the money.
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At the EcoFocus event in New York City, SmartPlanet editor Andrew Nusca talks with Hewlett Packard about greenwashing, corporate sustainability and the case for high-speed rail.
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There is plenty of demand for high-speed rail in major population corridors. What is lacking is a willingness to share risks, an unwillingness born of politics.
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Funding fuels projects to whisk passengers from San Francisco to Anahiem, Orlando to Tampa, Chicago to St. Louis, and Minneapolis to Chicago.
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Two separate studies draw two different conclusions about the viability of high-speed rail in the Golden State.
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America's next-generation high-speed rail infrastructure takes another step with the announcement of $2.4 billion in funds for 54 projects in 23 states.
2 | October 28, 2010 1:14pm |
U.S. vice president Joe Biden announced a $53 billion, six-year plan for a national high-speed rail network that will place HSR "on equal footing" with other surface transportation programs.
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The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott was well within his means to refuse federally allocated funds -- $2.4 billion -- to build a high-speed rail line in his state.
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English firm reveals sleek plans for new multi-purpose transit station and greenspace in northwestern Spain.
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Schenker is planning to open several wind farms in order to help power UK rail services through renewable energy.
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Forty-one of Amtrakâ€™s 44 routes lost money in 2008 and on average the railroad lost $32 per passenger, according to a new report.
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I am an unabashed and thoroughly-committed supporter of high-speed intercity rail as well as a beefed-up budget for Amtrak. Anyone whose taken the Intercity Express trains in Germany, the French...
3 | August 5, 2009 11:11am |
Japan seeks to export its expertise in high-speed rail to the United States, according to a new report.
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Interest in high-speed rail in the United States is at an all-time high. But do we have the resources to pull it off?
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Florida will become the launch pad for high-speed rail innovation, just as it was for space travel.
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Five regional planning agencies form the Western High Speed Rail Alliance, seek to connect Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix into high-speed rail grid
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