Derailed? The uncertain future of high-speed rail

High-speed rail has been touted as a way to create jobs, support the economy, protect the environment and ease traffic congestion. Yet, even though it's been four years since President Obama declared high-speed rail (HSR) a national priority, the financial challenges seem stronger than ever. Due to a bitterly divided Congress, which has focused on deficit reduction, the Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program hasn't received funding since 2010. However, as this article shows, there is still hope, as federal funds are being spent in 2013 on projects already under construction or scheduled to begin within six months. Special attention is being focused on the Midwest with trains on the Chicago-Detroit and Chicago-St. Louis routes; and once the current projects are online, there is hope that passengers will witness the advantages of HSR and pressure elected officials to invest more dollars.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 46-49
  • Serial:
    • Governing
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: e.Republic Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0894-3842

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  • Accession Number: 01482531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2013 9:26AM