New High Speed Rail Design for the U.S. out of UC Berkeley

by Alfred Twu at UC Berkeley Design and IT

An excerpt from Alfred Twu’s article featured in the Guardian:

This latest map comes more from the heart. It speaks more to bridging regional and urban-rural divides than about reducing airport congestion or even creating jobs, although it would likely do that as well.

Instead of detailing construction phases and service speeds, I took a little artistic license and chose colors and linked lines to celebrate America’s many distinct but interwoven regional cultures.

The response to my map this week went above and beyond my wildest expectations, sparking vigorous political discussion between thousands of Americans ranging from off-color jokes about rival cities to poignant reflections on how this kind of rail network could change long-distance relationships and the lives of faraway family members.

More on the map: https://sites.google.com/site/californiarailmap/us-high-speed-rail-system