Arkansas lawmaker Steve Harrelson has one of the region’s best legislative, government, and general interest blogs. He also keeps up with regional passenger rail issues. This is the latest entry from Under the Dome.
High Speed Rail in the Ark-La-Tex
David Dean shows possibilities of high speed rail across Arkansas during yesterday’s town hall meeting on rail at Texarkana College. This form of high speed rail, while officials tout it being constructed by private dollars, is far more expensive than the more conventional “high performance rail” and is even higher than constructing interstate-standard highways.
Here are a few differences:
High Speed RailCost: $20 – $46 million per mile
Speed: ~220 mph
Floats above the track on magnets
Can’t using existing rail bed – must obtain new land for route
High Performance RailCost: $1.3 million per mile
Speed: 80 – 110 mph
Conventional steel wheel rail
Can use existing track, but double tracking needed