Deutsche Bahn Joins the US High Speed Rail Association

Deutsche Bahn has joined the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) in order to encourage bringing high-speed rail to the States.

The hope as expressed by USHSR is that the incoming Biden administration will support high-speed rail in the country, following the president-elect’s statements on expanding America’s rail network and making it the “cleanest, safest, and fastest rail system in the world”. Investment in the rail sector throughout the country would, according to Biden, “spark the second great railroad revolution”. Investing in high-speed rail would be one component of creating a jobs boost.

Andy Kunz, President, USHSR, said:

“We're proud to welcome DB to USHSR.

“DB has proven to be one of the world's leading high speed rail operators, and has decades of experience with providing world-class service. We welcome DB's expertise and participation in the US high speed rail market, especially now that it’s about to take off.”

Deutsche Bahn is the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe and carries around two billion passengers every year. DB logistics companies carried 277 million tons of goods in rail freight in 2016.

Deutsche Bahn is no stranger to high-speed rail operations in Europe, where it runs its fleet of ICE trains. Recently, DB was awarded the ‘early operator’ contract for California’s high-speed railway that is currently under construction. The German state railway company has also been working closely with the California High Speed Rail Authority to develop the operational details of the high-speed rail system and stations.

The Federal Railroad Administration's vision for high-speed rail in the US in 2009
The Federal Railroad Administration’s vision for high-speed rail in the US in 2009

The US High Speed Rail Association is a lobby group that aims to build support among people, businesses and politicians for major investment in a national high-speed rail network. Deutsche Bahn is a suitable partner as it has both “the expertise and backing to assist the mission of bringing 21st century transportation to America,” USHSR said.

Several high-speed rail projects are already under construction in the United States.

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