High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

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Amtrak has struggled to expand high-speed rail in the Northeast U.S. The Amtrak Acela Express, North America's first high-speed passenger train, sits at Penn Station in New York in this November 16, 2000 photo. Reuters

Skift Take: Building high-speed rail is a terribly slow process in the U.S., but this 15-minute stretch between Baltimore and D.C. is a good start. It would be welcome news for day-trippers and business travelers. But extending it to New York? Now we're talking.

— Sarah Enelow

There are now three possible routes for a high-speed rail line that promises a 15-minute ride between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

WTOP-FM quotes Bradley Smith with the Maryland Department of Transportation in a Saturday report as saying every proposal would have a station in Washington, with stops in Baltimore and at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The system would eventually go to New York.

A federally-funded environmental study had reduced route options for the Superconducting Magnetic Levitation train or maglev.

Project director David Henley says one proposal would parallel tracks Amtrak currently uses. There are “a lot of operational issues” if sharing territory with Amtrak and Henley also says maglev does not necessarily want to operate in the same area.

Project planners hope to have a route approved by mid-2019.

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