Bringing high-speed rail to America
Posted: 19 March 2017 | Andy Kunz, President and CEO of the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) | 1 comment
Amidst America’s transportation problems, high-speed rail is finally under construction in Califor nia with other projects around the country advancing through study and planning stages. President and CEO of the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR), Andy Kunz , explains to Global Railway Review that this progress could signal a shift from America’s car culture to rail.
The US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) was formed in 2009 with the purpose of bringing a national high-speed rail vision to America. We were inspired into action at the UIC Conference in Amsterdam in 2008, which showcased the European high-speed rail system that had evolved into a vast network linking nations and transforming lives. We knew the time was right to help bring high-speed rail to America.
The first step was creating a national vision map showing a 21st century, 17,000 mile national high-speed rail system built in logical phases for completion by 2030. This began the long dialog about the value of rail in America. The goal of USHSR has always been to build widespread public, business, and political support for a major investment in our national high-speed rail network. We build support through a series of national events, workshops, policy papers, advocacy work, memberships, media articles, videos, publicity, social media, and more.
After decades of work, high-speed rail is finally under construction in America. This is big news considering the many obstacles that exist at every turn. Right now, more than 100 miles of state-of-the-art highspeed rail is under construction in California – the backbone of the 800 mile system that will connect the state’s cities like never before. Hundreds more miles of new track is currently going through the environmental process to prepare additional phases for construction.