Is Britain's fast train project worth the investment?

May 6, 2019
Rocketing cost projections are scaring off some observers.
A "Stop HS2" sign posted on a tree.
Mimisse Beard

The U.S. has tried to build high-speed rail for 50 years

Apr 4, 2019
Today, a train ride from LA to San Francisco takes 12 hours. In 1937, it took 10.
Amtrak's Hiawatha train between Chicago and Milwaukee arrives at the Glenview, Illinois station in 2005.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

U.S. high-speed rail: Express to ... where?

Nov 5, 2013
An advocacy group pushing high-speed rail in the U.S. begins its annual meeting.

Britain's government wants fast trains; some say they're not worth it

Jun 25, 2013
Britain's government wants to spend billions on a high-speed rail system. HS2 -- as it's called -- could cut some journey times in half but critics say it would harm the countryside and trains are yesterday's technology.

California's high-speed rail meets opposition over eminent domain

May 28, 2013
Residents of California's Central Valley are trying to stop a high-speed rail system that would connect San Francisco to Los Angeles from cutting through their land.

China opens game-changing bullet train

Dec 26, 2012
The world's longest high speed rail link opens in China.

California Gov. Jerry Brown advocates for high-speed rail

Jul 27, 2012
The governor of the cash-strapped state recently signed a $8 million transportation bill. Watchers say it'll be a way for him to leave a lasting legacy.

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