Get on Board with High Speed Rail


Secretary LaHood sums up well the reason why high speed rail is key to staying on the track to economic development:

“People often ask, ‘Why are President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden so devoted to high-speed rail?’ I have a simple answer: Jobs, jobs, and jobs.”

In his op-ed article, Sec LaHood explains that high speed rail will generate over 85,000 manufacturing and construction jobs, stimulate economic development on new corridors, and increase the US’s competitiveness in the long run.

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, traffic volumes have increased significantly since 2007, showing that people continue to rely heavily on our roadways. Sec LaHood suggests that we start taking action now on high speed rail to both create jobs and avoid problems later: “Jobs today, more convenient transportation tomorrow.”

Just a few days ago, Sec LaHood wrote to Senator Lautenberg (D-N.J) that he designated the Northeast Corridor as the 11th and final High-Speed rail corridor, which will include the existing Northeast Corridor main line and any alternative routings for trains between metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; and Boston, MA. This means that Amtrak’s NEC can apply for $2.4 billion in federal funding that Florida bypassed.

Posted on March 16, 2011, in Transportation, Trends. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. When you see a film or news from Europe, you see that many cities have clean, modern, efficient light rail in the cities and high-speed rail between cities [and countries!]. Here in the U.S., our costs are high, but our transportation, energy, and healthcare systems are not even close to what people enjoy other ‘first world’ countries.

    I hope the important efforts to improve mass transit are successful in the face of the Republicans’ efforts to cut all government spending that helps people and leave only that which helps the corporations and other supporters. [If they realize how much money is to be made, maybe they’ll go along with this.]

    Peter
    Alliance for Sustainable Communities–Lehigh Valley

  2. David E. Slotnick

    Peter –

    Thanks for the comment! We at RenewLV could not agree with you more. An investment in infrastructure today can have huge returns, through obvious economic rewards, environmental advantages, and the social and cultural benefits that will result from linking neighborhoods and states across the country. But still, the fiscal rewards are what seem to resonate the most right now.

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