High Speed Trains Between Los Angeles and San Francisco


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Imagine traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about two-and-a-half hours, without getting on a plane. Soon, you wont have to imagine. With California voters and President Obama both pushing the project forward, we may soon see the work actually starting on the new tracks and other infrastructure.

Here is what Obama said in May 2009. “My high-speed rail proposal will lead to innovations that change the way we travel in America. We must start developing clean, energy-efficient transportation that will define our regions for centuries to come,” said President Obama. “A major new high-speed rail line will generate many thousands of construction jobs over several years, as well as permanent jobs for rail employees and increased economic activity in the destinations these trains serve. High-speed rail is long-overdue, and this plan lets American travelers know that they are not doomed to a future of long lines at the airports or jammed cars on the highways.”

In this QUEST Web exclusive, we update a story we did last year on a plan to bring high-speed rail to California as voters head to the ballot boxes to decide the fate of Proposition 1A. Hop aboard to learn about the science behind high-speed rail travel and the obstacles that lie in its path.

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