Amtrak´s new Acela Express train is seen against the Manhattan skyline as it heads to Boston. The Acela Express is the first high-speed rail service in North America, moving across the Northeast at a top speed of 150 mph. (DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
Amtrak's new Acela Express train is seen against the Manhattan skyline as it heads to Boston. The Acela Express is the first high-speed rail service in North America, moving across the Northeast at a top speed of 150 mph. (DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
 The latest generation of French high-speed train, the AGV, under construction at the Alstom Transport factory in La Rochelle. (PAUL NUSSBAUM/Staff)
The latest generation of French high-speed train, the AGV, under construction at the Alstom Transport factory in La Rochelle. (PAUL NUSSBAUM/Staff)
President Barack Obama looks on as Vice President Joe Biden makes comments about high speed rail during a Jan. 28 visit to the University of Tampa, in Tampa, Fla. (CHRIS O´ MEARA/AP)
President Barack Obama looks on as Vice President Joe Biden makes comments about high speed rail during a Jan. 28 visit to the University of Tampa, in Tampa, Fla. (CHRIS O' MEARA/AP)
International officials are pictured in front of the high-speed train (AVE), linking Zaragoza to Madrid on May 29, 2009. (PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)
International officials are pictured in front of the high-speed train (AVE), linking Zaragoza to Madrid on May 29, 2009. (PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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