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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:21 AM

Feds Posit Ambitious Plan for Northeast High Speed Rail

from Transportation Nation:



Feds Posit Ambitious Plan for Northeast High Speed Rail
By Kate Hinds | 04/02/2013


[font size="1"]The shoot-for-the-moon, Level D plan: a second Northeast Corridor "spine," Long Island-to-New England service, and 220-mph rail (image via NEC FUTURE)[/font]


Over a dozen plans for improving rail in the Northeast Corridor are under consideration by the federal government, ranging from minor improvements to a future with 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains between Washington and Boston — not to mention new service between Long Island and New England.

These various options are detailed in a new report released Tuesday by the Federal Railroad Administration. NEC FUTURE sketches out 15 alternatives representing different levels of investment through the year 2040 in the 457-mile corridor.

The options, in turn, have been grouped into four separate categories which grow progressively more ambitious: while those in Level A focus on achieving a state of good repair, Level D would build a separate high-speed rail line between Boston and D.C. and bring new service in the region, primarily in Long Island, New England and the Delmarva peninsula.

The report aims to jump-start public debate about how rail capacity should be shaped in the region. “It is intended to be the foundation for future investments in the Northeast Corridor, a 150 year-old alignment that has guided the growth of what is now one of the most densely populated transportation corridors in the world,” said Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, NEC FUTURE program manager for the Federal Railroad Administration. “(It) will further the dialogue about the rail network in the Northeast and how it can best serve us over for the years ahead.” ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://transportationnation.org/2013/04/02/64607/



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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:41 AM

1. I hope this truly does bring high speed rail

My first thought looking at the plan/map is too many stops that will slow the overall speed down to much less than high speed.

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:46 PM

2. Finally. A high-speed rail proposal that actually makes sense.

Those ideas for a Tampa to Orlando line and a Las Vegas to some desert town in CA line were about the stupidest things I had ever heard.

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