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...
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.