California lawmakers gave the green light to the first phase of construction of high-speed rail in the state. Does this mean that America is on track for faster, sleeker trains? What potential speed bumps still lie ahead? Railroad engineer Christopher Barkan discusses the costs, benefits, and state of the technology.
Video courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Christopher Barkan is a professor, George Krambles Faculty Fellow, and executive director of the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois.