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.
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Is the Obama administration's proposed high-speed rail project a much-needed infrastructure project or an optimistic waste of financial resources? According to Harvard economics professor Edward...
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Can private investors raise $10 billion to connect Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth?
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High-speed rail in the Midwest to closer to becoming a reality.
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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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Energy columnist Chris Nelder finds that California's high-speed rail will save more energy than the state produces with wind, and that its $68 billion price tag is downright cheap.
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The DesertXpress project between southern California and Nevada clears one more pass on its way to construction. Any bets on whether it becomes the first high speed railway under the Obama's...
6 | April 1, 2011 4:00am |
European Union report cites increased 'social cohesion' as a result of high-speed rail links. But North America is laid out differently.
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Florida will become the launch pad for high-speed rail innovation, just as it was for space travel.
8 | December 11, 2009 7:49am |
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...
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The world's longest high-speed rail line travels over 1,400 miles in eight hours.
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Getting on a local train in Boston and getting off in San Francisco? A U.K. design firm says non-stop high-speed rail is the future of train travel.
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A new train will speed up travel between Beijing and Guangzhou from 20 hours to just eight.
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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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The Department of Transportation redirects high-speed rail funding rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio state leaders to projects elsewhere.
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China is now the world's leader in high-speed rail. Now the nation has set its sights on the United States and the rest of the world to expand.
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Amtrak on Tuesday unveiled its $117 billion vision for high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor by 2040, and it's a doozy: NYC to D.C. or Boston in 1.5 hours.
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California Governor Jerry Brown said that the state's high-speed rail project will cost much less than the $100 billion estimate and that he has an idea for a fitting new funding source.
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New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pushes Congress to invest in high-speed rail, particularly in the Northeast. Here's his argument.
10 | January 27, 2011 12:35pm |
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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