19 Jul '12, 1pm

Amtrak 2.0: New York to D.C. in 94 Minutes?

Amtrak 2.0: New York to D.C. in 94 Minutes?

Feast thine eyes on the new projected trip lengths after Amtrak's high speed rail proposal comes to fruition: NYC to Philly in 37 minutes. D.C. to NYC in 94 minutes; the same from NYC to Boston. The trains would hit speeds up to 220 miles per hour, and would improve service for the perpetually overbooked Acela rail lines. Super modern. Wi-fi. Sounds pretty good. But there's a predictable hurdle to this apparent dream-come-true for high speed rail lovers and eastern seaboard commuters, and it stands taller than the St. Louis arch: a price tag of $151 billion, much of which would come from federal and state coffers. The Chicago Tribune has the details : super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston - both about 200 miles in distance - would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the report said. Cur...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/amtrak-20...

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