Why High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Is Essential (Video)

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Amtrak's vice president of high-speed rail, and others state their case for faster transit

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High-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor is critical to providing the capacity needed to support projected growth in the region. The corridor's $3-trillion economy, representing 20 percent of the nation's total, is the direct result of our nation's historic investments in world-class infrastructure. However, as our vital transportation arteries clog up, current budgets do not project similar investments to meet future demand. The Northeast Corridor must build high-speed rail in order to maintain the freedom and mobility that its economic health and competitiveness is founded on.

The Regional Plan Association has produced a highly educational short video that makes the case in four minutes and makes it about as well as I have seen. It features RPA's Robert Yaro, Al Engel of Amtrak, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT), and Paul Levy of Philadelphia's Center City District, along with lots of helpful graphics.

Anyone who has traveled in other developed countries is struck by how far ahead of us many of them are. Why should that be? Enjoy and learn:

Why Build High-Speed Rail in the Northeast? from Regional Plan Association on Vimeo.



This post also appears on NRDC's Switchboard.
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Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. More

Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. He is the author or co-author of Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999), Solving Sprawl (Island Press 2001), Smart Growth In a Changing World (APA Planners Press 2007), and Green Community (APA Planners Press 2009). In 2009, Kaid was voted one of the "top urban thinkers" on Planetizen.com, and he was named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. He blogs at NRDC's Switchboard.

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