Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obama unveils high-speed rail plan

Nice to hear President Barack Obama pushing high-speed rail today.

Obama revealed a plan for a new national network of high-speed passenger rail lines to help solve the country's transportation and environmental problems.

The plan mentions 10 potential high-speed rail lines including California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, the Gulf Coast, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and New England.

"My high-speed rail proposal will lead to innovations that change the way we travel in America. We must start developing clean, energy-efficient transportation that will define our regions for centuries to come," Obama said speaking at the White House.

Some of the corridors would host trains with speeds of up to 150 mph.

Japan and Western Europe are noted for successful implementation of high-speed rail.

Obama says US high-speed rail "overdue"

Reuters - ‎53 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama outlined his plan for developing "long overdue" high-speed rail on Thursday that would rival air travel, create jobs and help curb the US transportation system's appetite for oil.

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