Conducting passenger rail studies is a thriving cottage industry.
States are delivering their first steps toward achieving the vision for high-speed rail in America as the one-year anniversary approaches of the announcement of $8 billion in grants for intercity and high-speed passenger rail. State departments of transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the freight railroads are working aggressively to expand the country’s passenger rail system, according to new study released today by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). States have been given the green light by the FRA to proceed on almost $4.3 billion worth of projects.
“We are fully engaged in a game-changing national enterprise that enhances mobility, saves energy, reduces pollution, revives inner cities, creates jobs, and boosts the economy,” said Eugene Conti, chair of AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Rail Transportation, and secretary, North Carolina Department of Transportation.