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International Lessons For High-Speed Rail

The Northeast Corridor and California are the two most promising regions where the United States should pursue high-speed rail initially, according to a new report "High-Speed Rail: International Lessons for U.S. Policy Makers."

The report written by Petra Todorovich, Daniel Schned, and Robert Lane was prepared with the Regional Plan Association as part of the Lincoln Institute/Regional Plan Association joint venture partnership known as America 2050.

Drawing from nearly 50 years of international experience with high-speed rail, the report assembles key lessons and research on the potential benefits of high-speed rail and documents the approaches to high-speed rail that best leverage public investments for transportation benefits, economic development, and environmental and safety concerns. The report also offers recommendations for federal policy and explores various funding and financing strategies, as well as ideas about station location and design.