THE STATES, NEW MODES, AND FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY: LESSONS FROM HISTORY FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL

High-Speed Rail (HSR) advocates have looked mainly to the Interstate Highway System as a model for sustained federal investment in HSR projects across the nation. However, the pattern of the development of new surface transportation modes suggest that the first major investments have usually been undertaken by a few states using state funds. The federal government has not pioneered new modes, but rather transformed disjointed state investments into a national network, as the success of the states' initial efforts creates a broader coalition in Congress for the new mode. With developments in Florida, California, Washington, and elsewhere, it seems that HSR will find its state pioneers in the first decade of the 21st century, and the next step for its advocates is not to seek major federal support but to use the public attention on those states' projects to secure additional investments in other states.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Aggarwala, R T
  • Publication Date: 1998

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 53-67
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  • Accession Number: 00758775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1999 12:00AM