High-speed trains are a proven way to reconnect families, communities and regions.
50 years of operation and 28,000 miles of high-speed line around the world prove it.
It isn’t too hard to understand why.
Trains are a great way to travel. They offer a combination of speed, comfort and affordability that give families and friends the freedom to visit each more often and business leaders the opportunity collaborate more closely.
And, the spin off benefits of people traveling by train are huge, building healthier cities and towns while slashing carbon emissions.
But, for too many years, federal policies have caused a cycle of disfunction. They’ve focused on new highway lanes and cheap greenfield development—creating even more traffic and spurring ever-more spending on highway construction and repairs.
High-speed trains will strike at the heart of this dysfunction—and break the vicious cycle.
Making it happen will require a big-picture vision and a strong, unified effort.
Our alliance gives a big, bipartisan base of people like you the tools to communicate with change-makers in government and industry in a timely, informed, and unified way. We pool resources and build the will for systemic change through collective action.
Please join with us in telling Congress to chart a new course. Together, we’ll tip the scales toward high-speed trains.
Fast, frequent trains give you a reliable and stress-free way to get around.
On a fast train, you can get where you're going while working, eating, socializing, having a drink, taking a nap—whatever. Your time is yours.
They also reduce traffic and make the trip to the airport quick and painless. And, when they’re coordinated with buses and other rail service, they spur investment in better local transit options.
In other words, fast trains are freedom. They multiply travel options and make life easier and better for everyone—whether you're on the train today or not.
In 2014, we spent $165 billion building and maintaining highways, but only $65 billion on mass transit. Only $1.5 billion of that went to Amtrak.
For decades, federal and state budgets have prioritized roads over all else, building highways that bypass our city centers.
This leads to ever-more spending on road construction and repairs, which leads to more traffic overall—and less spending in city centers. This vicious cycle of dysfunction hollows out our downtowns and shreds the fabric of our communities.
A network of fast, frequent trains will break the vicious cycle and revitalize our towns by bringing new flows of customers to small businesses, which are the economic lifeblood of many small- and mid-sized communities. Fast trains also open a new world of opportunities for workers by making jobs and education much more accessible to everyone.
High-speed trains have powerful environmental and economic benefits. A Microsoft-sponsored study projects that up to 20 percent of people in the Pacific Northwest would choose to ride a new high-speed train line over flying or driving.
That high-speed line would reduce air travel by 27 million miles—and car travel by 6.1 billion miles—over the first 40 years. And that would lower carbon emissions by 6 million metric tons.
The study also projects $14 billion in direct economic benefits from reduced congestion, increased productivity, and fewer car accidents. The wider economic growth could be as big as $355 billion, with as many as 200,000 new, permanent jobs created.
We can't afford to waste any more time sitting in traffic or idling on a taxiway as climate change continues to accelerate. We need fast trains now to reduce the carbon footprint of our everyday lives.
Why don't we have high-speed rail already?
It’s not because America is “too big.” Most of our country, from small towns to big cities, was actually built around train travel!
We just forgot about trains. We stopped investing in them.
We need to rebalance our nation’s transportation systems—and recover our competitive advantage—by making fast, frequent trains an everyday option for travel across the U.S.
This isn’t science fiction. The U.S. already has something that’s almost high-speed rail—and it’s a smashing success.
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is a publicly-owned, urban trunk line stretching from Washington, D.C., to Boston. In the competition for riders in this heavily traveled corridor, Amtrak trains easily beat planes.
From July 2017 to June 2018, for example, Amtrak carried three times more riders between D.C. and New York City than all the airlines combined.
Of course, the Northeast isn’t the only place suited to fast trains. There are regions and corridors once connected by trains all across the country. We can reconnect them at 220 mph, linking small- and mid-sized communities to each other and to major urban centers—and opening up new work and educational opportunities to everyone.
High-speed rail is a technology whose time has come across the world. Working together, we can make it a reality here.
Our alliance gives a big, bipartisan base of people like you the tools to communicate with change-makers in government and industry in a timely, informed, and unified way.
We pool resources and build the will for systemic change through collective action. With your help, we’ll tip the scales toward high-speed trains.
And you have a prime opportunity right now to push the nation toward a different, better path. By prioritizing high-speed rail when the federal transportation funding is reauthorized in the fall of 2020, Congress can create a virtuous cycle of better transit and smarter growth.
Join us in sending Congress a strong message: We want high-speed rail!