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  •  Not dedicated tracks, but right-of-way (2+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, nchristine

    The reason that the trains take longer to run from coast to coast now than they did in the 1950s is that the tracks are almost entirely owned by the freight companies, who let the passenger trains run only when they are not busy.

    In the 1950s a passenger train would never have been held for a freight, meaning that it spent more time moving forward and far less time sitting around waiting for clearance.

    The North-East corridor works well because it is multi-track and because over much of the route Amtrak actually has precedence over the freight.

    Mag-lev HSR is always going to need dedicated track (unless we get 200mph freight trains), which not only provides better speed but an absence of the delays that stretch the trip out.

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