From Washington, DC to NYC in 96 Minutes! Awesome!
September 29, 2010 1 Comment
Amtrak introduced Tuesday a $117 billion public plan to build a high-speed rail corridor in the northeast “Megaregion” connecting Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.
If built, the service would cut the trip between Awesome DC and Awesome NYC to 96 minutes, or about one hour quicker than the fastest service available now. Washington, D.C., to Boston would be achievable in three hours.
I am curious about the cost of the ticket and wireless access inside the train. I would guess it would be more expensive. I just hope not much.
The trains would run at a maximum speed of 148 mph (238 kph) — well short of the record 259 mph (417 kph) rate recently set near Shanghai, China.
Amtrak announced the plans with an extensive media presentation that included endorsements from several Democratic senators in the region. Conspicuous by its absence was any Republican support.
The plans were fuzzy on the funding for the massive project. A news release noted the expenditure amounted to $4.7 billion annually over two years.
Estimates suggest that ridership would approach 18 million passengers by 2040, Amtrak said.
Amtrak’s Acela Express trains in the Northeast corridor debuted 10 years ago after cost overruns and engineering difficulties.
Here is the Japanese version of the high-speed train: