8/13/2010

Japan measures its railroads' timeliness in seconds. Amtrak measures it in minutes. A large reason for this, according to CEO Joseph Boardman, is a lack of infrastructure funding in the railroads. Another reason rests on the tracks themselves. In Japan, high-speed rail has dedicated tracks. Here, Amtrak's Acela must spend much of its time on the same track as slower trains, which hurts the schedule.

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