Follow up to previous postings on high speed rail in the United States, this news: “Vice President Joe Biden today announced a comprehensive plan that will help the nation reach President Obamas goal of giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years, as outlined in his State of the Union address. The proposal will place high-speed rail on equal footing with other surface transportation programs and revitalize Americas domestic rail manufacturing industry by dedicating $53 billion over six years to continue construction of a national high-speed and intercity passenger rail network. As a part of President Obamas commitment to winning the future by rebuilding Americas roadways, railways and runways, the plan will lay a new foundation for the nations economic opportunity, job creation, and competitiveness. As the first step in this comprehensive, six-year plan, the Presidents Budget for the coming fiscal year would invest $8 billion in expanding Americans access to high-speed passenger rail service. In order to achieve a truly national system, these investments will focus on developing or improving three types of interconnected corridors:
- Core Express: These corridors will form the backbone of the national high-speed rail system, with electrified trains traveling on dedicated tracks at speeds of 125-250 mph or higher.
- Regional: Crucial regional corridors with train speeds of 90-125 mph will see increases in trips and reductions in travel times, laying the foundation for future high-speed service.
- Emerging: Trains traveling at up to 90 mph will provide travelers in emerging rail corridors with access to the larger national high-speed and intercity passenger rail network.”