My Plan for Radically Faster New York–Washington Transportation

Sad, sad legacy train.

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Amtrak

It’s no hyperloop, but here’s one way we could make the trip from New York to Washington, D.C., much faster. It’s called a passenger train, and all you need to do is instead of relying on existing tracks build whole new tracks that go more or less straight. And instead of slowing the train down by stopping in Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., and Trenton, N.J., and such, you’ll just traverse a bunch of jurisdictions without actually providing them any service.

From a technological standpoint, there’s nothing standing in our way.