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Get on board: High-speed rail could serve Queen City travelers (access required)

By Sam Boykin CHARLOTTE — Charlotte continues to move closer to getting high-speed rail service, which would give business travelers a competitive alternative to air and auto. With the ability to reach speeds of up to 110 mph, the service could cut car commuters’ travel time in half. And with high-speed rail, there would be no racing to the airport, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac and no lost luggage.        A similar system, Amtrak’s “Acela Express,” already exists in the Northeast, linking Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Now the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Amtrak have developed detailed transportation plans for a high-speed rail system in the Southeast, with service through the Northeast Corridor. The most intensive effort thus far has gone to the Washington-Richmond-Charlotte segment.

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