Amtrak wants to expand rail service in the Northeast.

According to Reuters, the federal government is laying the groundwork to expand the number of tracks and make trains run faster. The idea is that more rails would decrease cars.  The eventual plan is to cut the trip from DC-New York by 35 minutes. Along with plans to revamp Penn Station, it could bring a big upgrade to trains in Baltimore.

It sounds great, but it’s not happening tomorrow. The repairs themselves will take 35 years, and they’re soon going to be up to the Trump administration as well as state and local governments to shepherd the plans.

And other have their own plans. An even more ambitious plan calls for building a high-speed maglev train.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.