USA Today Takes Survey On Whether To Invest in HSR

USA Today's traveler reporter asks, "Should the U.S. invest in High-Speed Rail?" (readers check their answer and results are available). He cites the usual critics but also notes the challenges it must face in order to build a successful line.

Citing the example of Amtrak's Acela Express that has the capabiity of traveling at 150 mph but averages much lower speeds, Billy McGee questions continued investment in high speed rail in the U.S., wondering if perhaps those funds would best be spent on roads and runways.

"When it comes to high-speed rail, advanced technologies often need to work within the confines of existing infrastructure. The United States could begin building the world's fastest trains tomorrow, but until we develop new systems, in many cases those trains would still be operating on aged rails, switches, bridges and tunnels, and fighting for space with freight trains and slower passenger trains. [See HSR News: Freight Rail Sabotaging High-Speed Plans].

The challenge for America will be rebuilding railroad infrastructure that in some areas has not been fundamentally upgraded for nearly a century.

Travelers, do you think the U.S. should continue to invest in high-speed rail? Or would you prefer transportation funds go to "Roads and Runways?" Please post your comments below." [USA Today Log-in required to post comments, but not necessary to answer survey question on left side].

Thanks to John Hartz

Full Story: Is high-speed rail on track in the U.S.?

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