Congress lays tracks for high-speed rail around the U.S.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Americans are driving less and less and Congress appears to be making plans to keep pace with the times and start expanding their funding of public transportation. The Transportation Department is asking for proposals to develop high-speed rail service along 10 corridors around the U.S. The Takeaway talks to Representative John Mica (R-FL), the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
"High speed rail is something the rest of the world has embraced, but the U.S. has fallen behind on."
— U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla) on why Congress is asking for proposals to develop high-speed rail service along 10 corridors in the U.S.

Guests:

John Mica

Contributors:

Noel King

Comments [1]

Andrea

I thought this was such a poor segment of your show because it was handled in such a superficial way. The Congressman made it sound as though high speed rail was the most obvious thing in the world and that Amtrak just doesn't get it. Among the many, many issues to consider include the fact that Amtrak is forced to share their tracks with freight trains and that lots money would be required to create straight enough track that would allow trains to go faster. You didn't speak at all to the specifics and the challenges of this issue. I expect more from Public Radio programs.

Dec. 17 2008 01:49 PM

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