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High-Speed Rail for D.C.? Washington, D.C. – New York Corridor Gets Top Score in Study | Transportation

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High-Speed Rail for D.C.? Washington, D.C. – New York Corridor Gets Top Score in Study
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High-Speed Rail for D.C.? Washington, D.C. – New York Corridor Gets Top Score in Study

Do you dream of the day when you can commute anywhere along the northeast corridor, from D.C. to Boston, in a fraction of the time it currently takes? America 2050 recently released a study indentifying the high-speed rail corridors with the greatest ridership potential throughout the nation and found that the D.C. to New York corridor ranked the highest.

Perhaps you are familiar with Amtrak’s Acela trains currently serving the northeast corridor with train speed capability of nearly 150 mph. Acela, however, is in the medium-high speed range; its average speed is only 80 mph. The shortest amount of time it takes for a limited-stop trip from D.C. to New York is 2 hours and 35 minutes. Anticipating the need for more efficient modes of travel as our region continues to grow, Amtrak recently unveiled a proposal for a truly high-speed service. Trains reaching speeds upwards of 230 mph would trim travel time from D.C. to New York to 96 minutes.

So how soon can we expect high-speed rail? DDOT Progressive Transportation Services Administration intercity passenger rail staffer, Steve Strauss, says, “There is no funding for this in the near future.  At this stage, it is just well-defined and researched talk.” Still, talk and research is a step in the right direction.

Tell us what you think. Would you make use of high-speed rail? To voice your support for high-speed rail development, please call or write to your Congressional representative. To get involved, contact the National Association of Railroad Passengers. 

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