When Will New York Get Its High-Speed Rail?
With news last week of the first major high speed rail project receiving the green light in California, transportation aficionados were ecstatic at the prospects of the project, especially as China continues to pump them out like hot cakes. But, from a New York perspective, our competitors on the West Coast hold claim to something the Empire State desperately: an extremely fast, relatively cheap mode of commute from Albany to New York. Or, as Governor Cuomo has cleverly called it, "the 21st century Erie Canal."
So how fast does a train have to move to be considered a high-speed rail? Well, the one in Shanghai, using magnetic levitation, clocks in at 268 miles per hour. The Europeans? 186 miles per hour. Both of these examples blow past the internationalstandards
, which deem a train "high-speed" if it can go between 125 and 150 miles per hour. Yes, that is definitely high-speed.
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