High-Speed Rail

November 21, 2012, 9am PST
Stephen Smith sheds light on the problems of leadership holding back Obama's dream of high-speed rail.
Bloomberg
November 14, 2012, 9am PST
Given its unprecedented “scale and scope”, California's bullet train poses a plethora of complex challenges to engineers and train planners, reports Ralph Vartabedian, yet it also seizes their imaginations.
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2012, 1pm PST
Was Obama's top transportation achievement his decision to name Ray LaHood as U.S. DOT secretary? That's the argument Tanya Snyder makes in evaluating the President's hits and misses regarding transportation policy.
Streetsblog D.C.
Blog post
August 27, 2012, 11am PDT

For those following the intense debate over intercity passenger rail in the US, the following recent news items might have a few planners scratching their heads:

Samuel Staley
August 19, 2012, 1pm PDT
Amtrak is considering where to build stations in Philadelphia for high-speed rail. One of the options is a new station in Market East, an underdeveloped part of downtown. Leadership sees the project as a potential catalyst for new building.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2012, 9am PDT
With a flurry of ambitious, and big ticket, proposals unveiled over the past three weeks, chronically under-budgeted Amtrak is shifting its strategy in the hopes of proving its potential worth.
Bloomberg
July 31, 2012, 10am PDT
Increased speeds for passenger rail lines in the Midwest bring along economic baggage, but can the pros outweigh the cons? As higher-speed rail, and expected economic growth, come to Illinois and Michigan, neighboring states see pitfalls.
The Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2012, 12pm PDT
You read that right...$7 billion. In a plan to be unveiled today, Amtrak is proposing to transform the second-busiest Amtrak station in the country into a hub for high-speed rail and redevelopment, report Jonathan O'Connell and Ashley Halsey III.
The Washington Post
July 23, 2012, 10am PDT
A recently released Amtrak plan doesn't envision high-speed rail servicing the Northeast Corridor until 2040. Paul Nussbaum looks at whether an incremental approach might bring increased speed and amenities to passengers sooner.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 13, 2012, 8am PDT
Milton Lindsay examines America's efforts to build a national system of high-speed trains and finds mixed results in the nation's eleven intended corridors.
Next American City
May 15, 2012, 1pm PDT
Burgess Everett and Adam Snider look at the growing debate over where to allocate limited high-speed rail funds: on the East Coast, where rail already has a foothold, or out West, where California has the land and starter funds to make it happen.
Politico
May 14, 2012, 9am PDT
Michael Lind argues that the version of the nation's infrastructure priorities we've been sold is a fallacy, and he has some suggestions for the kind of infrastructure we really need.
Salon.com
May 2, 2012, 10am PDT
Gaia Pianigiani discusses the recent opening of a new, luxury high-speed rail line in Italy – Europe's first private competitor to domestic, state-run HSR.
The New York Times
February 19, 2012, 9am PST
This past Wednesday, Amtrak debuted the newest high-speed rail service in the country, and the first outside of the northeast corridor. Where you ask? California? Florida? Nope, it's is Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Chicago Sun-Times
January 30, 2012, 1pm PST
Governor Brown claims not only that the project will cost less than the $100 billion currently estimated by the state, but that he's found a funding source to help pay for it.
The Sacramento Bee
January 12, 2012, 12pm PST
Despite strong opposition from homeowners and environmentalists, the UK Government has just approved an ambitious investment in high speed rail linking London with Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
The Guardian
January 5, 2012, 7am PST
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the money will be going to the Illinois Department of Transportation to continue work on its high-speed rail project.
U.S. Federal Railroad Aministration
December 30, 2011, 7am PST
If high-speed rail fails, 130 miles of track will have to go to Amtrak. But critics say that the backup plan comes with no guarantee that Amtrak would even have to use the tracks and is, therefore, a useless backup plan.
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2011, 11am PDT
Congressional support for transportation and infrastructure projects has traditionally been bipartisan. In an interview, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon discusses how political tantrums in Congress may handicap the US in the long run.
The Planning Report
October 7, 2011, 9am PDT
Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy says the way to save high-speed rail policy is to focus on getting the two trains with the best chance of success on track.
The Infrastructurist