High-Speed Rail (HSR) service has the characteristics of conventional passenger rail service but at substantially higher speeds. It is most applicable in markets where the combination of travel demand and distance justifies the higher investment cost.
Operations place an emphasis on significantly improved average end-to-end speeds along a corridor, often with limited stops, offering travel advantages to auto and air travelers. North American practice defines HSR as being at least 110 mph. Operations can occur over track shared with slower passenger and freight trains at speeds of up to 150 mph, and on dedicated track where speeds in some countries now exceed 200 mph.
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Acela service is the only (partial) operational example of HSR in North America.
Vision for High-Speed Rail in America
In April 2009, President Obama released his vision for high-speed rail in the United States. The Plan identified $8 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and $1 billion a year for five years to develop a passenger rail system in the United States.
- For more information, visit the Federal Railroad Administration Website.
Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI)
Minnesota is a member of the The Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI), a cooperative, multi-agency effort to develop a nine-state, 3000 mile regional passenger rail system.
- State Rail Plan
- Passenger Rail Forum
- More About Rail in Minnesota
- Minnesota Rail Maps
- Minnesota Passenger Rail Studies
- Freight Rail
- Rail Transit
- Rail Safety