High-speed rail back on Australian agenda

The Australian Greens have put high-speed rail (HSR) back on the national agenda. Greens leader Senator Bob Brown has called on the Rudd government to fund a study identifying the best route for connecting Australia’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney, with HSR.

This is great news, even if it makes me a bit wistful. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Green Party in the US had senators, as well as real power and influence. Sigh.

HSR linking those two major cities could be the start of a nationwide network, and provide a real alternative to flying.

Not only that, they plan to make the HSR zero emissions too.