Railroad transportation means:
(1) Any form of non-highway ground transportation that runs on rails or electromagnetic guideways, including:
(i) Commuter or other short-haul rail passenger service in a metropolitan or suburban area; and
(ii) High speed ground transportation systems that connect metropolitan areas, without regard to whether these systems use new technologies not associated with traditional railroads.
(2) Such term includes rail transit service operating on track that is part of the general railroad system of transportation but does not include rapid transit operations in an urban area that are not connected to the general railroad system of transportation.