How can the high-speed rail service and station transform the city and the station area? What problems can it solve? What opportunities does it present?
For a station area plan to become real and endure, the plan must be supported by financing and implementation plans, and be written into the zoning code. These aspects are described briefly below. The station area plan itself is covered in detail
The Department of Transportation is working with States to plan and develop high-speed and intercity passenger rail corridors that range from upgrades to existing services to entirely new rail lines exclusively devoted to 150 to 220 mph trains. Implementing these corridor projects and programs will serve as a catalyst to promote economic expansion (including new manufacturing jobs), create new choices for travelers in addition to flying or driving, reduce national dependence on oil, and foster livable urban and rural communities.