Obama calls for highspeed rail to get started

mattwion's picture

The United States badly needs a good rail system. It is long overdue. For that reason I find Obama's announcement about his vision for a highspeed rail cause for celebration.

Obama correctly declared that the new rail will create jobs, decrease the crowd for travel on our roads and airports, and help to alleviate the pollution that comes from our numerous cars.

The Plan will not ask for more money or new policies, but will put into effect the money already set aside for infrastructure in the stimulus bill.

According to the Washington Post the specifics of the plan are the following:

Obama said that the money would be used for two things: to improve existing rail lines so that trains on them could go 100 mph or faster; and to identify and construct new rail lines in major corridors.

Among those, according to a fact sheet put out by the White House are the following:

-- California Corridor (Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego)
-- Pacific Northwest Corridor (Eugene, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver BC)
-- South Central Corridor (Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Little Rock)
-- Gulf Coast Corridor (Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta)
-- Chicago Hub Network (Chicago, Milwaukee, Twin Cities, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville)
-- Florida Corridor (Orlando, Tampa, Miami)
-- Southeast Corridor (Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Macon, Columbia, Savannah, Jacksonville)
-- Keystone Corridor (Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh)
-- Empire Corridor (New York City, Albany, Buffalo)
--Northern New England Corridor (Boston, Montreal, Portland, Springfield, New Haven, Albany)

This highspeed rail proposal is very promising and I sincerely hope that it comes into effect in the very near future. His rail plan and his health care reform push are, so far at least, the best aspects of Obama's agenda.

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