High-Speed Rail and Hotels

This is surprisingly interesting… I’ve read that President Obama wants to leave his second term with some sort of major infrastructure achievement. In my eyes, that’s got to be high-speed rail, which his administration has been working on from day one, especially with the funds applied during the stimulus bill.

Written from the perspective of the hotel industry, this is a great read on the many benefits of high-speed rail and some very cool projects that are underway or in planning throughout the United States.

An excerpt:

Nancy Johnson, executive VP of development at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said high-speed rail would be responsible for the “evolution of hotel locations,” connecting airport locations and high-speed rail stations to urban centers and suburban or rural locations along the track.

Johnson said hotel development that follows the evolution of high-speed rail could parallel Kemmons Wilson’s creation of the Holiday Inn hotels in the 1950s. By taking advantage of the then-budding U.S. highway system, Wilson put up hotels in areas that were once inaccessible to travelers. Johnson said the she predicts the same could happen for high-speed rail.

“Looking into the future, if the U.S. gets on a kick of revitalization that would be under mass transit, it would be developing airport locations and developing high-speed trains going across America to connect metropolitan areas,” she said.

From the article - "The 3-million square foot Burnham Place project, which will include 500 hotel rooms, is a 20-year initiative and will be built in multiple phases."

From the article: “
The 3-million square foot Burnham Place project, which will include 500 hotel rooms, is a 20-year initiative and will be built in multiple phases.”

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