High-speed rail in the United States

High-Speed Rail In The United States

High-speed rail in the United States

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High-speed rail in the United States currently consists of one high-speed rail service: Amtrak's Acela Express runs on the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. Unlike Asian or European systems, the Acela shares its tracks with conventional rail, and thus is limited to an average speed of 68 mph (109 km/h) for the entire distance with brief segments up to 150 mph (240 km/h). A federal allocation of $8 billion for high-speed rail projects as a part of the 2009 stimulus package has prompted U.S. federal and state planners to coordinate the expansion of high-speed service to ten other major rail corridors.

America's first dedicated high-speed rail infrastructure is likely to be in California, consisting of a high speed line between Anaheim and San Francisco via Los Angeles and San Jose. The line is scheduled to begin construction by September 2012 in the Central Valley. The new line planned for construction in California would have a top speed in excess of and is classified as a High-Speed Rail–Express corridor.

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In Europe the definition of a minimum speed for newly built high-speed railways is while for upgraded conventional railways it is . In places where high...
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