New safety guidelines are to be drawn up by the US Department of Transportation which will shape the design of the country’s first high-speed trains.
The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) voted in favour of introducing new rules governing the basic safety standard of high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph.
Once they are passed, the standards will be used to aid the development of high-speed programmes in California and on the Northeast Corridor.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: “Today’s vote is another important step in advancing high-speed and intercity passenger rail in America.
“This vote brings us closer to new jobs and manufacturing opportunities to make high-speed rail equipment for use here at home and abroad.”