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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume II by Terry L. Koglin

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CHAPTER 2

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POTENTIAL

There is little question that high-speed passenger trains in the United States, in the proper locations, would develop considerable traffic. High-speed train systems elsewhere have proven to be very popular. In the United States, Amtrak has, over the last few decades, seen substantial increases in the number of passengers it carries. Additional commuter and regional passenger rail lines have been created at many diverse locations within the United States and carry substantial traffic. Amtrak’s Metroliners gained back considerable share in the New York–Washington travel market, and Amtrak now claims to carry 75 percent of commercial traffic between those points on their Acela trains.1 The proposed ...

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