How Will High Speed Rail Benefit the Community?

Fast, frequent, and affordable trains improve our communities—big and small—in three critical ways.

They Create Smart and Sustainable Growth

High-speed trains promote density by transforming land-development patterns.

Federal policies prioritize road building, which encourages more driving and spurs ever-more spending on road construction and repairs. This cycle generates sprawl and hollows out city centers. Trains break the cycle and create healthy, walkable and thriving city centers.

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Pontiac, Illinois train station exterior

They Multiply Opportunities in Small and Mid-Sized Communities

Long drives are a normal part of daily life in rural areas—for work, shopping, and the trips to the nearest city.

Trains make life better by making many trips easier and more affordable. They can connect workers to jobs; make family outings fun; and establish links to markets and customers for businesses of all sizes.

Amtrak’s inter-regional trains are currently the foundation of the rural network. Upgrading them with high-performance trains will be game-changing.

They Improve Local Transit Options

High-speed trains boost and build on existing bus and rail systems.

Travelers use local transit to reach high-speed trains, for starters. And when they are well-coordinated and easily accessible, ridership increases on both high-speed rail and local transit systems. That builds political will and funding for the entire transportation network.

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Brightline Launches Miami to Orlando Service

Brightline Launches Miami to Orlando Service

Today, Brightline launched passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando, the fastest passenger rail service in the U.S. outside of the Northeast. Brightline will offer 16 round trips a day on the 235-mile corridor, with the trip taking about 3 1/2 hours, and...

Amtrak’s 21st Street bridge needs replaced

Amtrak’s 21st Street bridge needs replaced

On Tuesday, the 21st Street drawbridge in Chicago got stuck up, forcing Metra to cancel trains on two routes and delaying Amtrak trains on seven routes by several hours. This emphasizes the needed for a bigger federal program to invest in railroad infrastructure to...

Better Trains for Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin

Better Trains for Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin

How Trains Could Take the Rock Hall—and All of Cleveland—to the Next Level Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced plans this week to move forward in October with a 50,000 square-foot, $135+ million expansion. The project will include new exhibition spaces,...