High-Speed Rail

September 9, 2009, 1pm PDT
Eleven major cities in the UK, including council leaders representing all three major political parties, have begun a campaign for a high-speed rail network linking them together to serve the entire country.
The Guardian
September 8, 2009, 11am PDT
Many would-be train riders are frustrated by poor transit options at their destination city.
National Public Radio
September 8, 2009, 5am PDT
NPR looks at a few of the areas that have submitted proposals for high-speed rail funding.
National Public Radio
September 6, 2009, 11am PDT
Union Pacific has proposed an increase in its freight and high-speed rail traffic in Springfield, including a route running through the heart of the city. It calls for nine overpasses, which would cost millions and block homes and landmarks.
The State Journal-Register
September 4, 2009, 9am PDT
A California judge rules that the California High Speed Rail Authority's environmental impact report was inadequate. Plaintiffs celebrate ruling as a victory, but the Authority doesn't see it as a setback.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
August 24, 2009, 12pm PDT
In considering the daunting task of building high-speed rail in the midst of an economic crisis, CBS Sunday Morning looks back and finds that the Transcontinental Railroad was built during similarly tough times.
CBS Sunday Morning
August 8, 2009, 11am PDT
Spaniards are quickly adapting to life with a high-speed rail network. Air travel between Barecelona and Madrid is down 46% because of it.
The Guardian U.K.
August 6, 2009, 12pm PDT
Secretary Ray LaHood is promoting livable communities, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation insists that Madison's new Amtrak station should be located on the edge of town next to a big parking lot at the airport.
The Capital Times
July 24, 2009, 11am PDT
LA's Metro board is getting on board with high-speed rail, announcing Thursday that a Los Angeles-to-Anaheim (home of Disneyland) train could be a reality in less than 10 years.
LAist
July 18, 2009, 7am PDT
Colorado, Arizona and Texas have come together to apply for a $5m grant to research a possible high-speed rail link connecting Denver, Albuquerque, and El Paso.
Transport Politic
July 14, 2009, 7am PDT
This op-ed piece in the Globe and Mail argues that plans for a high-speed rail link between the Albertan cities of Calgary and Edmonton makes eminent sense -- at least, according to the thinking of Richard Florida and colleagues.
The Globe and Mail
June 23, 2009, 2pm PDT
Returning from CNU, James Howard Kunstler reacts to a NY Times article about California's high-speed rail plans, and reflects on New Urbanism's shift away from traditional-neighborhood developments and into preparing for the 'long emergency'.
Kunstler.com
June 3, 2009, 5am PDT
Alex Marshall takes a look at Spain's recent record of proactive transportation planning, connecting cities to direct development rather than to connect already successful areas.
Governing Magazine
May 28, 2009, 9am PDT
California's proposed high-speed rail line is to be funded by a patchwork of federal, state, and local funding mechanisms. Reporter Dierdre Newman sorts through the morass.
spot.us
May 22, 2009, 9am PDT
Author Tom Vanderbilt suggests that train service has been headed in the wrong direction for the better part of a century.
Slate.com
May 20, 2009, 8am PDT
George Will, fresh from denouncing denim as 'the infantile uniform of a nation', is disturbed to find that Ray LaHood has bought the Obama administration's beliefs in regards to mass transit, bicycling, and 'transformation'.
Newsweek
May 9, 2009, 7am PDT
'Dukakis is a rail man,' says Alex Marshall, after the man speak on his history with Amtrak and promoting and building rail in Boston. The cure to our transit woes, according to Dukakis, is competence.
Citiwire.net
May 8, 2009, 12pm PDT
Peter Gertler of HNTB says that the Obama administration's high-speed rail investments will attract new development around stations.
Forbes
May 5, 2009, 7am PDT
Richard Florida compares the Obama administration's suggest HSR corridors to the mega-regions they will serve and likes what he sees.
The Atlantic
April 21, 2009, 10am PDT
By the end of the year, Spain is on course to have a more extensive high-speed rail system than both Japan and France. The system is changing hearts and minds across this usually home-bound nation.
The Wall St. Journal