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WSJ: California and Florida out front for HSR funding

The Wall Street Journal has  an excellent report concerning Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s asessment that Florida and California are way ahead of the curve on HSR.

Be seated for the last line and follow the link to the story.

Mr. LaHood said President Barack Obama “believes very deeply” that the U.S. should embark on a decades-long effort to establish a national network of high-speed passenger rail service, akin to the interstate-highway system launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower more than five decades ago. The U.S. has to date spent more than $1 trillion to build and maintain the interstate highway system.

The Obama administration, in budget details released Thursday, said it wants to spend another $1 billion annually on high-speed rail over the next five years. Congress must approve the use of that $5 billion as part of its review of the fiscal 2010 budget.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

One Response

  1. Woody says:

    A case for a Tampa-Orlando route: There the high-speed rail line becomes another tourist attraction alongside Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal City, and the Disney empire. That worked in Spain, where the first TGV-type line from Madrid to Seville was opened to serve the World’s Fair celebrating the 500th of Columbus’s expedition. As a demonstration project, a line in this location gets seen, ridden, and talked about by people all across the country. Then people back home tell their Congresscritter, “I want one of those for our city, too.”

    But LaHood may be suffering a bit from the contempt that comes from familiarity. When he sits down to go over the paperwork, he may find that the proposed routes in his MidWest backyard are not behind Florida at all, but far ahead in environmental permitting and other crucial steps needed to get trains up and running at 110 mph.

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