How Will High Speed Rail Improve My Life?

Freedom, For Starters

They’re a fast, easy, and affordable way to get around. But that’s just the most obvious payoff. High-speed rail delivers three more big wins.

Better Travel

High-speed trains are fun and relaxing—like a mini-vacation.

They free up time that you would spend driving (or sitting in a stuffed airplane) for the things that you actually love about travel. You can socialize, have a meal, read, and enjoy watching people and the passing scenery. And you can do these things while getting where you need to go—quickly and safely. It’s a totally different experience than any other kind of travel.

Travel By High-Speed Rail

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Pleasant small town suburban street.

Connected Communities

High-speed trains are nonstop engines of prosperity.

While recent housing and development trends separate us from each other and hollow out city centers, high-speed trains bring us together. Which means they build capital of all kinds. They create vibrant economies, increase property values, and foster strong relationships between people and institutions.

Learn How Trains Strengthen Communities

Lower Carbon Emissions

Federal policies prioritize new highway lanes and cheap greenfield development, which creates more traffic and spikes greenhouse gas emissions.

We can no longer afford that paradigm. Electrified high-speed trains can run on 100 percent renewable energy. They also cut greenhouse gasses by incentivizing smarter, denser development. The effects ripple out and ratchet down carbon emissions across whole communities.

Learn More About Reducing Carbon Emissions

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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,...