Reports to Congress

Administration of Metroliner and Turbo-Train Projects

  • 01
  • Feb
  • 1973
SUBJECT: Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: Metroliner, Turbo Train
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (Agency) sponsors demonstrations to deteremine whether high-speed ground transportation can improve intercity transportation. During fiscal years 1966-70 the Agency obligated over $$25 million for demonstration programs. The Agency is sponsoring two high-speed passenger train demonstrations-- the Metroliner between New York City and Washington, D.C. and the Turbo-Train between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. The objectives of the two demonstration projects were to test the trains while in operation, and to determine the public's response to new equipment and service. To accomplish the objectives, the Agency planned that the Metroliners would make 18 round trips daily- nine between Washington and New York City and nine between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when reduced service would be provided. THe Turbo-Trains would make four round trips daily between New York City and Boston. The estimated cost to the Government for both demonstrations is about $19.3 million. Because significant delays were encountered in the start of these projects and because equipment failures were experienced during the trains'operation, the General Accounting Office (GAO) reviewed the planning and administration of these projects.