Business: LATE ARRIVAL OF THE FAST TRAINS

LIKE bobbed hair, wedgie shoes and the free lunch, passenger trains have gone out of style. In the past decade, with the rise in air travel, railroad passenger business has dropped more than 40%, and 13 lines have stopped intercity service. Many travelers might return to the rails if they could be assured of a clean, comfortable and fast ride. Unwilling to give up on passengers entirely, a few U.S. railroads are now preparing to give them just that by introducing new trains that travel at speeds of more than 100 m.p.h.

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