Is High-Speed Rail a Pipe Dream in the U.S.?

May 23rd,2022 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 AM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Michael Fuhrman, M.S.A.

By 1930, America built 430,000 miles of steel rails connecting the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean. At one time, the US railroad was the largest industry in the world and helped position America as a world superpower. While Europe and Asia have built high speed trains that regularly travel well over 215mph, the Aleca, America's fastest train averages 65mph from Boston to Washington. Will the US ever invest in a national passenger rail plan that includes trains that can travel over 200mps or will it remain a car dominated culture? 


This JES Satellite Program is at: 

Lincoln Community Center Library

1255 Manchester Rd. 

Erie, PA 16505


Covid-19 policies will be in effect throughout programming, please review the JES Covid-19 policy here. Patrons will need to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative test. Face masks will no longer be required for patrons, but are encouraged. All JES Satellite Programming is FREE to all.

Michael Fuhrman, M.S.A.

Michael Fuhrman, M.S.A., was born in Frankfurt, Germany to a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, and returned to his family’s hometown of Erie at the age of seven, where he grew up in Marvintown at 27th and Parade Streets, graduating from St. John’s, Academy High School, and Mercyhurst College on Erie’s east side. An All-City linebacker on Mercyhurst’s inaugural football team, Michael graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Dance. He spent more than two years touring Europe, returning home as Lake Erie Ballet’s first principal dancer. He earned a second degree in English from Mercyhurst and an M.S. in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was the Director of the 1995 Greater Erie Bicentennial, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Project Manager for Destination Erie and founder of the Jefferson’s Civic Leadership Academy. Michael Fuhrman is the Executive Director of All Aboard Erie which is a member of the Lakeshore Rail Alliance.