We have a deal, finally. 

When Congress finalized details of President Biden’s package of infrastructure investments over the weekend, they positioned the United States to make transformative investments in trains. The infrastructure bill contains $66 billion over five years in funding for passenger rail. High-speed rail corridors would be eligible for about $12 billion of those funds, and the bill also contains an additional $39 billion for public transit.

This is great news, but it’s just the first step in the process of transforming America’s transportation system. The latest action by Congress must be matched with big investments—and a strong show of political will—in Washington, DC, and in state legislatures across the country. 

Here are four high-impact opportunities for HSR advocates to build on this momentum by taking action at the state and regional level. 

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What is needed to go fast?

What is needed to go fast?

The speed at which a train can travel is limited by the type of track it travels on. Bringing high-speed rail to North America will require building new high-speed lines that can accomodate frequent 200+ mph service. These new high-speed segments connect to and...

Making Shared-Use Work

Making Shared-Use Work

Change Relationship between States, Amtrak and Railroads Unlike Europe and Asia, most of the rail infrastructure in the U.S. is privately owned. Amtrak and other publicly-owned passenger railroads must negotiate with privately-owned railroads for use of their lines....

Needed Policy Changes

Needed Policy Changes

Building high-speed rail with the Phased Network Approach requires that we change some of the long-standing policy assumptions that have hampered passenger rail in the United States. Today, high-speed rail and conventional passenger rail are seen as two separate...

What makes high-speed rail successful?

What makes high-speed rail successful?

High-speed trains dramatically shorten travel time between stations. This effectively expands the areas that each station can serve.Speed is just the first ingredient Taking a train makes more sense if the travel time is competitive with flying or driving. What...

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