We showed you a glimpse into the future of high-speed rail travel in TRANSLOGIC Episode 1.1, but California isn't the only state planning for supertrains. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is funding $8 billion in grants to 31 states to develop a nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service. "Through the Recovery Act, we are making the largest investment in infrastructure since the Interstate Highway System was created," said President Obama when he announced the program in January 2010.
A total of 13 new, large-scale high-speed rail systems will be developed, including the L.A. to San Fran line and a $1.25 billion corridor between Tampa and Orlando with trains running up to 168 miles per hour. The Feds have also pledged an additional $1 billion a year for five years in further funding.
See our gallery of planned High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Programs below: