Thursday, June 11, 2009

Italy's New High Speed Rail Line


"Company officials estimate that a trip from Rome to Milan, about 350 miles by rail, will last three hours and that trains will be able to travel up to speeds of 225 miles an hour. The billion-euro project, spearheaded by the head of Fiat and Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, includes investors like the French rail company S.N.C.F., and hopes to produce trains that are mostly constructed from recyclable materials and consume 15 percent less energy than current high-speed trains.

Italo’s fares will be competitive with those of Trenitalia (www.ntvspa.it), which charges $58 for a ticket from Rome to Milan."

NY Times.

Why can't North America get its act together and build this? Having long admired Italy's admirable new rail lines, like one we were in from Rome to Venice, we know they would be more popular if available here.

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