AAR CEO: Commuter traffic, curved tracks slow Acela

03/15/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The reason Amtrak's Acela doesn't travel at true high speeds has little to do with freight train traffic, Association of American Railroads CEO Edward Hamberger writes in a letter to the New York Times. Acela runs into more commuter train traffic than freight; long stretches of track are curved and require slower speeds; and the many bridges along the line force the Acela to brake for boats.

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