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High Speed Rail Part of Stimulus Package

February 20th, 2009 · No Comments

High Speed Rail Corridors

High Speed Rail Corridors

Is $8 billion dollars enough to create a new high speed rail (HSR) system for the US? According to the Huffington Post this was added to the total package as a last minute deal, but Las Vegas is not included. Interestingly however, the map that the Huffington Post has in reference to their article has actually been on the U.S. Department of Transportation (US-DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) plans for some time now, in fact, the map is dated 2005 as found on their Corridor Descriptions web page. And the High Speed Ground Transportation for America commercial feasibility study (CFS) Report To Congress - September 1997, was written more than 11 years ago.
Now I am sure that a lot has changed since the 1997 CFS, cooridor descriptions and map were created, but this makes for a perfect starting point to develop a new plan with some start-up capital in building a new infrastructure for our future transportation needs. As of January 2002, the FRA has designated ten high-speed corridors under section 1010 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and Section 1103(c) of the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). Designation allows a corridor to receive specially targeted funding for highway-rail grade crossing safety improvements, and recognizes the corridor as a potential center of HSR activity. These designated corridors are shown on the map at the beginning of the document and are listed, generally from Southwest to Northeast.
I hope this actually becomes a reality, the US is sorely lacking a system of this type and would be a boon to passenger rail service in America!

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