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Indiana behind the curve

Here is a prime example of why American transportation is sadly lagging the entire civilized world It’s pure small-mindedness. If you don’t beleive me, scroll around the blog and see how sensible decisions are made.

Efforts to create a high-speed rail network and enhanced real-time traffic information system in Northwest Indiana got the brakes put on them today by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

An RDA committee deferred consideration of $675,000 worth of funding requests from the Indiana Highspeed Rail Association and 21CSI, a private company working on the traffic information system.

The high speed rail request was for $125,000 to study the impact on local economies from the creation of a high-speed rail line stretching from downtown Chicago to the Gary/Chicago Airport to Valparaiso.

Board members balked at funding the study without knowing the prospects of federal funding for the project, or whether existing railroads would agree to sharing their right-of-way with the high-speed line.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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