Regular readers of SmartRail World will be familiar with the various plans for high-speed rail in the USA, from the North East Corridor to California via Florida and Texas and many more. However, the fact remains that only the Acela Express (reaching 150 mph) and the Northeast Regional (reaching 125 mph) are currently the only services in the country that could be considered high-speed. In February of this year we published a list with GoEuro a search engine that delivers intermodal transport options ranking high-speed rail around the worlds. Of the 20 countries in the world in which high-speed trains operate, the U.S. was ranked 19th, beating only Finland. And now a new video from Business Insider ( @ ) offers a glimpse into what a high-speed rail network could look like in the USA.
A 2015 survey by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that if high-speed rail were available today, two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans are likely to use high-speed trains and this jumps to nearly seventy (67) percent when respondents were informed of the costs and time saving benefits of high-speed rail service.
“People want high-speed rail in America and we are seeing support among various ages and in different regions of the country regardless of political party," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. "In addition, the millennial generation and younger adults will lead the way with their preferences to have a multi-modal transportation system that supports their lifestyle. It is critical that we include implementation of high-speed rail as we look to plan for the nation's future transportation needs."
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