Amtrak’s Long-Term Vision

Acela train Ashland High Speed Rail

Our last post to do with passenger rail service between Richmond and Washington, D.C. referred to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report that discussed the possibility of having hourly Amtrak service between the two cities. The Washington Post has just published an article on the same theme.

The natural question that citizens of Ashland have is, “How can they fit more trains on the existing tracks?” (One answer may be that freight traffic is declining — that will be the topic of a future post.)

In addition to questions to do with track capacity, if ever we get frequent, reliable train service to northern Virginia, the impact on the quality of life in Ashland (both good and bad) needs to be considered.

Texas High Speed Rail

Texas High Speed Rail

As many of you know I continue to follow the development of hyperloop technology. In the mean time we see articles such as this one to do with conventional high speed rail in Texas. I wonder if the project will do better than what has happened in California.