High-Speed Rail

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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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
April 16, 2009, 2pm PDT
Quoting Daniel Burnham, Obama announced that America should "make no little plans" as he affirmed his administration's commitment to building high-speed rail across the nation. Ten corridors were highlighted.
Washington Post
April 14, 2009, 12pm PDT
GOOD Magazine talks with Joseph M. Sussman, an external adviser to the Department of Transportation and professor at MIT, about high-speed rail, intelligent transportation systems, and more.
GOOD Magazine
Blog post
March 31, 2009, 4pm PDT

Is it a wise use of taxpayers dollars to spend $13 billion in the next five years ($8 billion in the recovery package and $5 billion in the next five annual appropriations) in a down payment on constructing a high-speed rail network? Or are there better ways to spend this money on transportation? That was the subject of a recent weekly debate on the National Journal's Transportation Blog. The debate revealed a spectrum of opinion among the contributors, with proponents of high-speed rail outnumbering the doubters by a wide margin.

Kenneth Orski
March 23, 2009, 9am PDT
Randall O'Toole- in a curiously non-audio opinion piece from NPR- says that trains around the world are fun but are otherwise overly expensive transportation systems used mainly by the elite.
March 19, 2009, 10am PDT
Have high-speed rail stimulus funds put us any closer to technology like mag-lev? A long record of underfunding makes many of such projects shovel-unready, but hopes are still high.
March 18, 2009, 9am PDT
The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) are sparring over the size of the "train box" in the new Transbay Terminal. Streetsblog makes sense of the brouhaha.
Streetsblog SF
March 17, 2009, 6am PDT
A new sixty-minute TV documentary explains how maglev technology works, and covers the first major accident on a maglev track.
Parallax Film Productions
February 26, 2009, 9am PST
Transportation reporter Tom Belden of the Philadelphia Daily ponders how and where the $8 billion in stimulus funds allotted to high-speed rail should be spent, referencing a report by the Progressive Policy Institute.
Philadelphia Daily
January 21, 2009, 10am PST
California's high-speed rail project is a triumph for rail advocates, but made possible by private sector funding. A Canadian rail project must also follow the model of public-private partnerships.
The Globe and Mail
September 2, 2008, 9am PDT
Rail advocates are getting their day, as they push for more high-speed rail lines- not just in California, but across the country.
August 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
Discussion of high speed rail, livable cities and federal transportation funding reform is starting to make its way into presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign talks and energy platform.
July 10, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>After significant debate, the Pacheco pass route has been approved for the high-speed train between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Next step: pass a $10 billion proposition on the November ballot.</p>
San Jose Mercury News