What’s the “tipping point” for high-speed rail in the U.S.? When will planners and lawmakers begin to see the HSR projects underway in the U.S. as building blocks for a national network of high-speed trains?

We have just taken a step closer.

Last week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that authorizes the creation of an Illinois High-Speed Railway Commission. Its task is to create a statewide plan for a high-speed line that connects with Chicago and St. Louis, with existing Amtrak and Metra services integrated into the system. The commission will also conduct a ridership study and issue recommendations.

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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...

It’s a Beautiful Country

Let’s see it. Let’s clean it. Let’s build it. Let’s make high speed rail a reality.

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