DC to Baltimore in 15 Minutes

  • September 4, 2014

by UrbanTurf Staff

DC to Baltimore in 15 Minutes: Figure 1

Back in 2011, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman was hopeful a high-speed rail could be in place by 2040, which would among other things, reduce travel time between DC and New York City from 162 minutes to 96 minutes.

Today, that came a little closer to becoming reality.

The Washington Business Journal is reporting that a group claims that it has the financial backing and the ability to construct the type of super high-speed rail that east coast train riders have longed for.

From The Washington Business Journal:

A group of entrepreneurs have informed Maryland regulators that they can build a high-speed train that will travel at speeds above 300 miles-per-hour along the Northeast rail corridor and carry passengers between Washington and Baltimore in just 15 minutes.

The group, dubbed Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail, LLC, says that the Japanese government will put up $5 billion for the first leg of the rail.

Currently, the U.S. answer to high-speed rail is the Acela, a train familiar to business folk that travel between DC, Philadelphia and New York City. While it can reach a top speed of 150 mph, it averages a speed less than 70 mph, and is regularly called out by passengers for its frequent delays.

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