American high speed rail supporters, rejoice ! To Ecogeek : ” Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Obama administration is investing $53 billion in high speed rail development over the next six years.”
Yes, you read it right : President Obama is really willing to invest nearly 40 billion euros in high speed rail to enable 80 percent of Americans to have access to this great alternative to both private cars and planes.
As Treehugger notes on President Obama’s plans :
This is big news — and it reaffirms Obama’s commitment to building the nation’s infrastructure in the most sustainable way possible. And simply the fact that the VP used the language “on equal footing with other surface transportation programs” regarding rail is extremely encouraging. Here’s a closer look at the three kinds of corridors the blueprint will create or improve:
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.
Two years ago I was writing about something very similar as the US High Speed Rail Network advocated the building of 17,000 miles (27,000 km) of high speed rail which would enable trains to go as fast as 220 mph (355 kmph).
In any case, President Obama project would would enable his country tohave a similar network to its European counterpart. A bright prospect that deserves all our support.