Worldsteel in a blog has highlighted the steel demand potential in US on the backdrop of planned mega investments in improving transportation infrastructure by presenting the example of upcoming California High-Speed Rail Project, which plans to operate a 320kph bullet train line that connects San Francisco to the Los Angeles Basin in less than three hours. Initially running from San Francisco to LA, the system will eventually expand out to Sacramento and San Diego, with 24 stations spanning more than 1,200km. The high-speed line is the standard bearer for a state-wide modernization plan that will invest billions in local and regional rail. Due to the size of the project, and the diverse environmental conditions across the state, the work has been broken into 10 separate sections, with each undergoing its own environmental impact assessment. Phase one prioritizes the 830km span from Merced, San Francisco, to Anaheim in LA, with the current 10-hour trip expected to be brought down to just three hours. Stantec, the engineering firm responsible for delivering the project, are hopeful that it will be seen as an example for how other states can improve their infrastructure. Stantec’s transportation business line leader Mr Brian Norris said “High-speed rail is going to improve the transportation landscape in California, with the potential to impact transportation on a national level. We see the future of transportation as clean, green, and better designed for passengers and communities. California High-Speed Rail is a significant step in the right direction.” California High-Speed Rail Project is a transport revolution built on steel. High-speed rail offers the highest levels of commuter comfort and safety, combined with lowest environmental impact for long distance inter-city journeys. At the heart of this superior passenger experience are the high-strength, ultra-long steel rails that make high-speed train travel possible. The 320kph plus speeds that high-speed trains hit, put incredible demands on their system’s steel rails, with the highest quality manufacturing required in order to ensure they can endure the resulting wear, impact and fatigue resistance. Advanced manufacturing has also increased the length of individual rail sections, allowing for faster journeys that are smoother and quieter, for passengers as well as the environments through which the trains travel.