Andy Kunz is president and CEO of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSRA), a Washington D.C.–based nonprofit trade association that is mobilizing the industry to develop a 27,358-kilometer national high-speed rail system built in phases and completed by 2030. Before arriving at USHSRA, Kunz won several national design awards for a wide variety of projects including a number of new towns and transit-oriented developments. Institutional Investing in Infrastructuresenior editor Drew Campbell spoke with Kunz recently about the progress of high-speed rail in the United States.
What is the impetus for high-speed rail in the United States?
High-speed rail has been in use for five decades in Japan and Europe. It is proven all over the world with huge succ