High speed rail saves time, money, energy, and hassles
High speed rail offers its riders the fastest, most comfortable way to travel. Direct links to central business districts and airports, little or no delays, speedy service, and fast boarding add up to time savings not possible on any other form of transportation. High speed rail delivers this every day, every train - in countries all around the world. High speed rail is efficient and reliable because its not subject to congestion and delays like other forms of transportation. High speed rail delivers people on time, every time.
Direct connections, fast boarding
Zero to 200 mph in 5 minutes!
High speed rail shortens trip times
True high speed rail (186+ mph) shortens trip times more than 70% over slower, conventional rail. This increased speed equates to faster trips, higher ridership, and far greater overall capacity of the system to carry much higher numbers of people each day. In addition, each train can do more round trips per day, requiring less equipment, and making the true high speed rail business model far more profitable than slower, conventional rail.
"88% of Americans support high speed rail"
-Here's the price Americans pay for a transport system that has become overcrowded, wasteful, slow, and expensive: $87.2 billion a year lost in automotive gridlock, more than $750 for every U.S. traveler. That's more than 2.8 billion gallons of gas wasted - three weeks worth per traveler. And time wasted in traffic jams totals 4.2 billion hours - nearly one full workweek for every traveler. -The cost of domestic air-traffic delays, according to a 2008 analysis by the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, is as much as $41 billion annually, including $19 billion in increased operational costs for the airlines and $12 billion worth of lost time for passengers." -The environmental price tag has become starkly clear ever since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, killing 11 people and spilling 210 million gallons of oil. More than 57,000 square miles of the gulf, rich in fish, shrimp, oysters, and crabs, remain closed to fishing because of the disaster. Full story
3-4 hour delays have become the norm
Fast, efficient, on time service
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"Road and airport congestion cost America over $87 billion per year in wasted time and fuel"
Huge waste of time, energy, money
Fastest way to travel without delays
4,000 people per hour
20,000 people per hour
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The Most Convenient Form of Transportation Possible
21st Century Transportation for America
jobs | economic recovery | mobility | safety | energy security | climate solution
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US HSR. Making it happen.
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High Speed Rail delivers amazing city center, door-to-door service that beats flying and driving with a ride that's affordable, comfortable, and low stress from start to finish: