Congressional transportation leaders plan to announce today that the federal government is seeking contractors to build a new $30 billion to $40 billion high-speed rail line between Washington and New York that would be used exclusively by passenger trains.
Amtrak‘s current Northeast Corridor rail line is shared with freight and commuter trains, which can significantly increase the length of time it takes for passengers to arrive at their destinations.
This is part of some cool legislation Congress passed a few months ago. Step one is upgrades to existing corridors and very preliminary work on high speed corridors. Step two is…up in the air at the moment, but if this Congress can pass this bill, one suspects that the next one can do a bit better.