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

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CHAPTER 3

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FIXED PROPERTY, TRACK, AND TERMINALS

FIXED PROPERTY

A completely new railroad could be built between Chicago and New York, but the cost would be in hundreds of billions of dollars, with no sure guarantee that sufficient traffic would develop to provide an attractive rate of return on such an investment. There was a tremendous amount of railroad construction in this area in the 19th and 20th centuries, much of which has since been abandoned or is now underutilized. A hybrid rail line could be developed, using parts of existing or abandoned rail routes in an attractive combination. The optimum route for train traffic between New York City and Chicago would be something approximating the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s ...

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