Obama Unveils High-Speed Rail Plan

President Obama today put federal support behind a national high-speed rail plan than has been years in the making. Initial funding of $8 billion was included for high-speed rail projects in his stimulus package — to be spent over two years — and an additional $1 billion a year is being budgeted over the next five years.

According to the New York Times, the stimulus money has yet to be allocated to specific projects, but the key projects identified so far include:

– a northern New England line;
– an Empire line running east to west in New York State;
– a Keystone corridor running laterally through Pennsylvania;
– a southeast network connecting the District of Columbia to Florida and the Gulf Coast;
– a Gulf Coast line extending from eastern Texas to western Alabama;
– a corridor in central and southern Florida;
– a Texas-to-Oklahoma line;
– a California corridor from San Francisco to Los Angeles (already approved by CA voters)
– and a corridor in the Pacific Northwest.

Article here.

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2 Responses to “Obama Unveils High-Speed Rail Plan”

  1. thegrip Says:

    I love rails.

  2. PGW Says:

    love that columbus to indy to chicago

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