Monday, March 4, 2024

US announces investment in high-speed rail network

The amount is part of the $66 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the largest investment since the creation of Amtrak, the state’s intercity passenger rail network, five decades ago.

The plans, to be channeled through the Interurban Passenger Rail Program of the Federal Transportation Administration, call for the construction of a high-speed rail system between California and Nevada, which will serve more than 11 million passengers a year. .

Also building a similar line through California’s Central Valley to eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as offering significant improvements to frequent rail corridors in Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Likewise, the goal is to improve and expand the capacity of Chicago Union Station in Illinois, one of the busiest rail centers in the entire country.

According to the White House in a statement, these projects from the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration will create thousands of jobs, open economic opportunities for communities across the country, and open safe options. to travel.

In addition, high-speed electric trains will take millions of cars off the roads and reduce emissions, consolidating intercity rail as an environmentally friendly alternative to flying or driving that saves time for of millions of Americans, the text emphasizes.

The projects will add new passenger rail services to cities that historically have not had access to this network in the United States, connecting residents to jobs, health care and educational opportunities, he added.

In environmental matters, this implementation will eliminate about 400 thousand tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

The financing reflects Biden’s commitment to high-speed rail, a common form of transportation in Europe and Asia, but not in the United States, some press reports warned.

Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen recently commented that Los Angeles and Las Vegas could be connected by a high-speed electric train before the 2028 Summer Olympics.

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