By Yoav Hagler. Reprinted from RPA's Spotlight on the Region.
My train pulled out of a shabby, non- descript rail terminal operating
at capacity in a major world city. This particular train was designed
for speeds of up to 140 miles per hour but regularly operates at only
125 mph. An hour and twenty minutes later, I arrived at my destination, a
city of a couple of million people about 100 miles away. The railroad
right-of-way recently underwent a major upgrade, including
electrification and a new signaling system.
Sound familiar? Have you traveled between London and Birmingham on a Virgin Pendolino train recently too? Surprised I wasn't describing my recent trip to Philadelphia out of Penn station? There are great similarities. England is far away from the Northeast and its rail challenges, but the experience and choices made across the water have lessons for us.