From Washington, DC to NYC in 96 Minutes! Awesome!

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.

Amtrak envisions a new path for 220 mph high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor

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:

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

One Response to From Washington, DC to NYC in 96 Minutes! Awesome!

  1. Jason says:

    I knew this was coming sooner or later

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