To help railway companies prepare for the next generation of passenger rail travel in the United States, Teague conceptualizes a new experience that reimages the great American road trip.
America is huge. Our spot on the globe spans 3.8 million square miles and is home to nearly 332 million people, making it one of the world's largest and most populous countries. There are a lot of advantages to being big, geographic diversity, market size, and multiculturism, to name a few. But there are some significant disadvantages, too. Thoughtful cooperation between federal, state, and local governments is required to affect wholesale change. Investment in national infrastructure, including transportation networks, is a topic of intense debate, largely because the federal government owns so little of it. State and local governments own the interstate highway system, most commercial airports, and urban transit systems. But what about rail?
Connecting past, present, and future.
In June 2022, the Biden Administration announced $368 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure, the most significant investment in passenger rail since Amtrak's creation 50 years ago. The government investment, along with a surge in domestic travel, the rise of remote work due to Covid-19, and increasing interest in sustainable alternatives to roads and aviation, inspired us to reimagine long-haul rail in the U.S.
Teague has a long history in transportation design. Our work in the rail industry began in the 1930s, designing commuters cars for New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. Nine decades later, we're still in the business of designing better passenger experiences, from commercial airplanes and autonomous cars to capsules for space travel, flying taxis, e-bikes, and, most recently, Hyperloop. Most of our work in transportation design centers on creating preferred futures across the mobility ecosystem that promise safer, cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient ways to move around. So, it makes sense we'd want to bring our experience to bear on the future of long-haul passenger rail in the U.S.