East Coast High Speed Rail Conference

We’ll stick with the rail discussion carried over from last week but move from local to regional. Tonight at the Fletcher Opera house will be a conference discussing the possibility of a high-speed rail line for the east coast. The N&O highlights the event:

National rail industry and transportation leaders are coming to Raleigh for a daylong conference Monday to discuss prospects for fast passenger and freight train service that has been proposed for the East Coast.

Monday’s conference, titled “High Speed Rail for the East Coast — It’s Time,” runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fletcher Opera Theatre, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. A fee is charged. Registration details are online at www.wtsncevents.org.


“Our goal is to continue to build the support that is necessary for implementing high-speed rail as a relief measure for our over-capacity roads and air-quality challenges,” said Julie E. Hunt of the Women’s Transportation Seminar of North Carolina, organizer of the event.

This probably coincides with Virginia and North Carolina’s study of a high speed rail line between Richmond and Raleigh. You can see more about this proposal here. The southeast high speed rail line would be pretty influential. This would create alternative modes of travel to larger cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Washington DC. If this plan is implemented like the website says, it would make Raleigh a hub, with trains flowing north, south, and west.

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  1. I agree, this would be greatly influential to Raleigh, especially with the airline industry in upheaval, delayed flights and congested airports etc. But it has to be carefully planned out, and can’t turn into a government subsidy black hole, like AmTrak. If they can demonstrate that it would be cheap and efficient then I’m all for it, because it might end up taking longer to fly to Charlotte than taking a high speed train, with all the check-in requirements and security checkpoints etc.
    If not, then the amount of money it would cost to get this started might be better spent in reforming air travel, deregulating and decongesting etc.

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