06 May '11, 10am

The Future of the US Rail System

The Future of the US Rail System

As for the United States, the country is behind in promoting and implementing high speed transit lines as alternate sources of travel throughout the country. Currently it takes a person three days and $200 to get from San Francisco to New York by train; however, an individual traveling by plane can save time and find cheaper prices. From a survey in the May 2011 Fast Company magazine , Rachel Z. Arndt created a chart explaining how slow trains are in the United States compared to the rail systems in other countries. For example, countries such as China, France, and Spain have train systems that travel 250 miles per hour (mph) or faster, as opposed to the fastest train system in the United States, the Acela, which travels at 150 mph and only travels from Boston to New York. The goal when rethinking rail systems in the U.S. is to create a system that is faster and more compe...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/future-rail-system/

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