Rail Proposal: Philly To New York In 40 Minutes

The Inquirer reports the Obama Administration is weighing more than a dozen transportation infrastructure projects, including one that could reduce train times between Philly and New York to a mere 40 minutes at 220 mph; Acela trains now max out at 150 mph. Another high-speed route would parallel the existing Amtrak route, but could include new stations in Center City or at the airport. The goal is to pick a single route by 2015; the full report can be found here. The full Northeast Corridor route between Washington D.C. and Boston is 457 miles long, and is one of the most heavily-traveled rail lines in the world, carrying 259 million passengers per year.