Five Things You Should Know About High-speed Rail
Planetizen has just launched a new high-speed rail site, HSR News, tracking everything there is to know about our attempts to import fast trains into this country. To inaugurate their new coverage, they have invited a high-speed-rail expert to help frame the issue with five key facts about how we can get high-speed rail moving in our country:
Alain L'Hostis, a geographer at the Université Paris-Est, observed that in France, the TGV “has changed the psychological distance between places. For the French, mobility has created a feeling of belonging to a common or interconnected city.” In the United States, Amtrak Acela service has captured 60 percent of the air/rail market between Washington, DC and New York. For many travelers in this market, the automobile is not even considered an option.