Andy Byford, who at one point oversaw the NYC subways, a daunting task for anyone, is now the senior vice-president of high-speed rail at Amtrak. He is championing and advocating for the new way of traveling, saying that although the U.S. is currently “the outlier when it comes to high-speed rail,” he believes the day is coming when this form of transportation will create a “golden opportunity” once people give it a chance. Six high-speed rail projects are in process or are being constructed, while traffic and climate change push the population towards a change. Although there are still many obstacles to overcome, this mode of travel is successful in many other countries.

Read the full story by Oliver Milman for The Guardian, published June 16, 2024, here:


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