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 High-Speed Rail

APTA has been engaged in advocating for high-speed rail since its merger with the Hgih Speed Ground Rail Association in 2007. Since that time, APTA has led efforts to identify potential funding approaches for a national high-speed rail system. APTA has adopted principals for its advocacy efforts in high-speed rail.

In April, 2009 the Federal Railroad Administraiton completed its strategic plan for high-speed rail.  This document provides detail on the vision for high-speed rail in the United States.  Click the link below to access FRA's high-speed rail page.

Opportunity Cost of Inaction: High-Speed Rail and High Performance Passenger Rail in the United States - July 2012
This paper addresses the initial investment and on-going cost of operation and maintenance of high-performance passenger rail (HPPR) in four of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sanctioned HPPR regional networks – Northeast, Chicago Hub, California, and Northwest – over a 40 year period. The system can generate a net benefit of at least $660 million annually. If the nation should forgo this opportunity, it stands to sustain a cost of at least $26.4 billion in foregone economic benefits over the next four decades.

High-Speed Rail: On the Move in America - July 2012
High-speed rail is critical to America’s economic future. Congestion on our highways and runways already costs $130 billion a year, and our population is expected to grow by another 100 million people in the next 40 years. That is the key rationale behind the Obama Administration’s more than $10 billion investment in high-speed and passenger rail projects across the country.

APTA High-Speed Train Survey - May 2012
The results of a national survey that show that nearly two-thirds of Americans are interested in traveling by high-speed rail and the figure soars to 74 percent among those in the 18-24 age brackets.

An Inventory of the Criticisms of High-Speed Rail - January 2012
With Suggested Responses and Counterpoints
This report is the summary of extensive research that examined the criticism that has been leveled over the past three years at the national efforts to improve intercity passenger rail and introduce true high-speed passenger rail in the United States.  The report defines eight broad categories of criticism of high-speed rail and offers several counterarguments to each.

Also, see APTA's page on High-Speed Rail.

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