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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume III by Terry L. Koglin

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CHAPTER 5

HIGH-SPEED RAIL SCHEDULING

Optimum passenger transit time between New York and Chicago would be four hours. Present nonstop air schedules advertise two-hour trips. Adding airport entry before the flight and departure after the flight, flight delays, and security checks, compared with what would be experienced when taking the train, would make the air travel time the equivalent of at least three hours; four hours would be more the norm.

For a passenger train to travel the 896.44 miles (1439.8 km) by rail on the proposed route as it now exists (see Appendix B1) between Union Station in Chicago and Penn Station in New York City in four hours, the average train speed would have to be 225 miles per hour. This speed, 360 Km/hr, is a more ...

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