NARP member’s vision map draws coverage, spurs action

NARP member Alfred Twu of Berkeley, CA designed a map of a possible future American passenger train network, with ten high-speed trunk lines supplemented by an expanded network of conventional passenger trains. It is partially based on NARP's own 40-year Grid and Gateway Vision map, released in 2007.

The map invites you to imagine the distance between points not in terms of miles, but in terms of travel time by rail, with one centimeter on the map roughly equaling one hour of travel time. This enticing illustration went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and thus garnered mainstream media coverage.

Now, a White House petition calling on the federal government to “Fund a high speed rail system that runs coast-to-coast and connects all metropolitan areas,” based on Twu’s map, has garnered (as of Thursday afternoon) just over 41,500 signatures – many more than most petitions are able to muster. If it amasses just under 58,500 more, it will get an official White House response.

Click here to sign.

Regardless of your opinion on the feasibility of coast-to-coast high-speed rail, we encourage you to sign the petition (which requires registering yourself on the White House website, free of charge) to show your support for the idea of robust investment in passenger rail – because we cannot afford not to make such investment.

The petition text reads:

The 20th century had the Interstate Highway System, let the 21st see a national network of high speed rail!

Create a funding source (energy taxes? US Savings Bonds sold to citizens? Crowdfunding shares in a newly chartered corporation?) and a multi-decade plan.

Build 220-mph trunk lines with nonstop expresses between major cities and high speed regional service for other places in between. Link up to less populated areas with 110-mph service.


0 #3 Scott W Maits 2013-03-25 04:55
Glad to see someone else sees beyond political dominance of NY + DC, that the Pennsylvania route from Philly's magnificent + already capable 30th St Station (but w/ 5 minute 100mph run to turn back loop for west @ a new HSR PHIL Airport Station) is the best, most affordable way from the NEC at 200+ to the bigger Midwest Mega Region (the 2nd best HSR in the US)--even from Boston via a NextGen NEC! But map misses showing the 2nd biggest market on this best NEC-Midwest Pa trunk line: from Baltimore (eventually w/ a cutoff to Harrisburg?) and high ridership South though the Carolinas (it does show Salt Lake City as a branch). We can't afford to build a bullet line from all eastern cities. HS directly west from DC doesn't work as it misses "as big" Baltimore if it comes from south and would then be nearly all tunneling even before the mountains which are also oriented wrong (check out both B&O mainlines west). Its unlike the mostly wide PRR, Juniata Valley + other Pa topographical opportunities that upstate Republicans and TGV planners confirmed in the 1980s (I can get it through the urban suburbs and other areas at full speeds with better relocations taking virtually NO homes and a minimum of deep tunnels with newer TBMs and elevated as the PRR did much of the work). NYS can't be 200mph along the Hudson where there is no room for additional tracks for 140 miles due N that are then also lost returning S to pass around bottom of Great Lakes--let alone efficiently servicing any other coastal cities other then Boston which alone would need to justify super high costs (if even poss) to get out of town any faster then 79mph+crossing Berkshires. While this map should be viewed as THE national goal, it also misses agreed true HS Indiana alignment from Toledo via Ft Wayne.To design NG NEC: 2 new HS tracks via LIRR+Jamaca,old LICenRR,Greenpo rt+LI Sound to New London and I-95 to 150mph RI NEC then over to a highway for NY&NERR for P.UnionSta+old E Side Providence RR tunnel north!
0 #2 boris 2013-03-21 01:29
+1 #1 Franklin Billerbeck 2013-02-21 22:21
Dear Mr. President:

Please know that I support a high speed rail system in the United States.

Franklin Billerbeck

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