Imagine being able to travel by train from New York City to Philadelphia in just 37 minutes, or from New York to Washington, D.C., in just 94 minutes. That’s what you can expect if Amtrak’s $151 billion improvement plan comes to fruition.
However, before all you train lovers get too excited, this project will need a lot of support from both local and federal governments, and considering how reluctant many politicians are to increase spending, this is a long way from becoming a reality.
Still, with gas prices rising and airplane travel an unappealing option for many, the idea of a high-speed train may be just what the country needs.
Currently, it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to travel from New York to Philadelphia on Amtrak’s express Acela trains, while travel between New York and Washington currently takes 2 hours, 45 minutes, and from New York to Boston clocks in at 3 hours, 41 minutes.
If everything goes as planned, the new high speed trains will be operational by 2040, so a lot can happen in terms of public and government attitude toward this type of travel.
Meanwhile across on the West Coast, California is working on its own high-speed rail system, which would be the first of its kind for the United States.