Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:07 PM
Surely $1.1 billion for Chicago - St Louis should go a long way, no? I wonder how long it'll be before we can ride 110 mph trains on that route.
Oh yes... the money is going to good projects. The argument some people have seems to be what money is going to what they call "legitimate high speed rail" which is generally considered to be 150 or faster.
However, I have seen what a 110mph corridor can look like and how it can run (the Keystone Corridor) and I think this is the answer. You don't have to run trains at 150 or faster to have a great usable corridor. Chicago to St. Louis is a GREAT place for a 110mph corridor and I think all of this funding will be a great start to more passenger rail corridors in the USA.
Acela Express*, Cascades (Talgo) Service*, California Zephyr*, Capitol Limited*, Cardinal, Carolinian*, City of New Orleans*, Coast Starlight*, Crescent*, Downeaster, Empire Builder*, Illinois Zephyr*, Keystone Corridor*, Lake Shore Limited, Lincoln Service*, Maple Leaf*, NE Regional, Pacific Surfliner, Pennsylvanian, Piedmont*, River Cities, San Joaquin, Silver Meteor*, Silver Star*, Saluki, Southwest Chief*, Texas Eagle. <br>
* = Ridden Complete route from end to end. <br>