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Midterms Threaten Nationwide Rail Plans – News Analysis –

The Obama administration’s signature transportation initiative is almost always described as “high-speed rail.” But more than half of the $10.4 billion the administration has awarded for rail so far has not gone toward real bullet trains, but to build slower, conventional train lines that it hopes will form the foundation of a nationwide high-speed rail network.

Midterms Threaten Nationwide Rail Plans – News Analysis –


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

2 Responses

  1. LoboSolo says:

    “At the rail conference, Mr. LaHood, the transportation secretary, spoke of spending $500 billion over the next 25 years to connect 80 percent of the country with rail. Then, although the conference was in a hotel across the street from Pennsylvania Station, where Amtrak trains leave all day for Washington, Mr. LaHood left for the airport.”

    Kind of says it all doesn’t it …

    “Karen Rae, the deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, said at this week’s conference that the nation needed to build a viable train network of feeder lines before high-speed rail would make sense in many places.”

    At least she makes sense …

  2. patlynch says:

    Thanks for the report. Rae sounds like she has some idea of what happens west of Philadelphia. The USA does not need, and will never have, a transcontinental network of true high speed trains. What is needed is a grid of reliable fast trains serving smaller cities.

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