In a short update the Washington Post mentions that Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has sent the White House a memo outlining ways to get high-speed rail rolling in the United States. Presumably that involves smart allocation of that $8 billion in stimulus money. Here’s an interesting quote about the President’s view on high-speed rail that’s certainly in line with the shift in attitude we’ve seen since just a few months ago.
The memo identified several potential high-speed rail corridors in the country and addressed potential means of paying for a system. LaHood said President Obama wants to make high-speed rail a signature achievement of his presidency.
There’s a thought. The Obama High-Speed Rail System. I’d like go on about this topic, but London calls urgently with both business and pleasure. Thoughts on what one man can do in four (or eight) years?