High-speed rail remains elusive in the U.S.
(Source: Associated Press, June 30, 2015)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó (Editorís note: This story is part of a series that focuses on traffic congestion, mass transit and the consequences of failing to plan for worsening gridlock.)
Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide.
Yet the U.S. has never built a single mile of high-speed rail, which is generally defined as accommodating trains that go at least 200 mph. And proposals to do so have been thwarted for decades.
So whatís holding America back?
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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