Program 5: The Taiwan Experience

    In exploring the promise of high-speed rail in the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, looks to the experience of the Taiwanese. Despite differences in political and demographic circumstances, sees helpful analogies, particularly in a comparison of the corridor between St. Louis and Chicago and that between the two principal cities of Taiwan. The similarity of most importance in making rail competitive with highway and air transportation is that the corridors are both 250-350 miles long, a distance known to transportation specialists as he “sweet spot.” To fund electrification and the building of new rail infrastructure, argues in favor of public/private partnerships, sees as the most immediate advantage the relief of highway congestion.

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