JohnFromJersey wrote: ↑Thu Apr 27, 2023 2:08 pmAcela makes a lot more stops and goes through a ton of curves. The section of the route through NY and CT doesn't even crack 100 mph, so of course its average speed is going to be garbage.lensovet wrote: ↑Tue Apr 25, 2023 11:16 pm Huh? Even the article says 186, and there's no way it can sustain that on the whole route since it has curves.Meant to say "whereas this will be going *close* to 200mph the whole route."
Per Wikipedia, average speed of Acela is 70MPH, top speed of 150MPH which it does not do on most of its journey iirc.
Whereas, also Per Wikipedia, Brightline West will do an average of 110MPH with a top speed of 186MPH. Significantly faster.
This route will have zero stops, so an average speed of 110 would imply going close to 110 the whole route, not 200. The top speed, similar to Acela, will be reached in only a few straight sections. Take a look at I-15 — it is not a straight road. I'm also unclear on how they are planning to deal with the grades on this route.