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Economic Perspectives, 8, No. July/August, 1984
High Speed Rail in the Midwest
For years, Amtrak has struggled to attract passengers on its routes in the Midwest, using technology developed half a century ago. During the same time, foreign railroads were developing new passenger rail systems that could profitably compete with air travel. Two of these systems, the French TGV and the Japanese Shinkansen, reach speeds of 160 mph, while the British HST operates at 125 mph.


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