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

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CHAPTER 5

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SPECIFIC SYSTEM PARAMETERS

This proposed rail line is intended to transport freight and passengers between Chicago and New York City, one of the busier long-distance transportation lanes in the United States. The distance between New York and Chicago is rather long for a high-speed passenger rail system to compete with air traffic, unless trains can be operated at 200 mph (320 km/hr), or preferably faster. The route could be the optimum length for high-speed freight trains carrying trailers on flatcars, operating at up to 120 mph (193 km/hr), so that overnight freight service can be provided. Although there are many possible routes using existing or abandoned rail lines connecting Chicago with the New York ...

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