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Poll: Is Philly to NYC in 37 Minutes Worth $151B?

Amtrak's plan for the Northeast Corridor could take you from Philadelphia to New York in 37 minutes. Is it worth the project's $151 billion price tag?

Amtrak’s latest East Coast high-speed train plan could get you from Philadelphia to New York in 37 minutes, according to Philly.com.

The faster service is part of a major plan that would:

  • Create 40,000 construction jobs a year for 25 years
  • Create 22,000 new permanent jobs
  • Be completed in phases, ending in 2040
  • Accommodate trains traveling 220 mph
  • Expand Market East station in Philadelphia
  • Send bullet trains through tunnels under Philadelphia
  • Cost $151 billion

What do you think? Is this worth the money?

SMYRNA-X July 16, 2012 at 04:32 AM
28 years till completion! These people are nuts.
Mike July 16, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Thats because the unions wont let it get done sooner than that and at twice the cost!
Stephen Eickhoff July 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I wish I could get from Spring City to King of Prussia in 37 minutes.
Anne Wilhelm July 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Great point! A fraction of the $151 billion would be better spent on local infrastructure - both highway and railway.
SMYRNA-X July 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Stephen- bump! Excellent point. Ny area has public transportation system to go from home to all about. I would have to drive or bum a ride to norristown or 30 st station to, in 28 years, get that 37 min trip to ny. I dont know why anyone would take a train and not the hover car, but some people are old fashion.

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