CNN story on President Obama unveiling his administration's blueprint for a new national network of high-speed passenger rail lines
. Obama says such an investment is necessary to reduce traffic congestion, cut dependence on foreign oil and improve the environment. Highlights from the article:
- The president's plan identifies 10 potential high-speed intercity corridors for federal funding, including California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, the Gulf Coast, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and New England.
- Highlights potential improvements in the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor running from Washington to Boston, Massachusetts.
- Each of the corridors identified by the president's report are between 100 and 600 miles long. The blueprint envisions some trains traveling at top speeds of over 150 mph.
- The administration has dedicated $1.3 billion in federal funding for Amtrak. The money for the rail service, which carried almost 29 million passengers last year, will go primarily to infrastructure repair and improvement.
It's good to get more specifics of the plan and that the NEC is specifically mentioned for improvement.