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Nearly $1M earmarked for SE high-speed rail study

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This was interesting to hear. I like the idea of them running high speed rail throughout the SE. I think they need to do it right if they are going to do it though.

Nearly $1M earmarked for high-speed rail study

U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson has helped secure $750,000 in federal funding to study the feasibility of a high-speed rail infrastructure connecting major southeastern cities to Washington, D.C.

The funding is included in the fiscal 2004 Transportation Appropriations bill.

"The Southeast's population and economic growth demands a robust, cohesive transportation infrastructure," said Sam A. Williams, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce president. "We are grateful to our congressional delegation for including in the current transportation appropriations the funding to jumpstart a high-speed rail corridor connecting the southeast region's major markets."

Isakson helped lead the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives for high-speed rail in the Southeast, while Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Zell Miller have led the effort in the U.S. Senate.

In addition, the Southeastern Economic Alliance, a coalition of 14 chambers from six southeastern states formed by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, have banded together to advocate for a public-private partnership to invest in high-speed rail. The alliance has developed a business model that would ask the federal government to make the initial investment in infrastructure with a private company assuming the risk and reward of operating high-speed rail. User fees would pay for infrastructure maintenance. The business model proposes a high-speed rail service that would cater to the business traveler, competitive with air trips under 300 miles. The trains will travel an average of at least 85 mph to 90 mph and possibly as high as 125 mph to 130 mph, stopping only in major cities.

"The Southeast has experienced incredible growth in the last two decades," Isakson said. "I am convinced that high-speed rail is an investment that will complement the Southeast's existing transportation infrastructure, reduce congestion on the interstates between the southeast region's economic centers and allow us to increase our competitiveness on a worldwide basis."

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I love trains and train travel. I hope we see real progress in building rail lines and improving technology. IMO its a much better way to travel than either a plane or a car.

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I love road trips personally, so travel by car, even over long distances never bothered me. But i also love train travel.

Not a big flyer.

I too hope to see some real improvements in this area.

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High speed rail is a good idea. Michigan is working hard to get a high speed rail line through the midwest. The first segment to be built would run between Detroit & Chicago, & then the line would be expanded from there.

I think eventually there will be high speed rail lines connecting all major cities, similar to how the interstate system connects major cities today.

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I also like heavy rail. I have heard rumours of the Washington State Department of Transportation upgrading the rail lines between Vancouver, WA (Portland area) and Vancouver, Canada for a high speed rail line. We already have the Talgo train running on the "Cascade" Line (Portland-Seattle-Vancouver) for Amtrak but there were no engines that I know of purchased with those cars.

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I think a high speed rail will be good for Kalifornia I mean California and the southeast I hope they do built it. It would nice to one day to travel to charlotte to washington and the to detorit in less time. With the added bouns of all those skyline

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My guess is that with a $30B+ deficit, California won't be building this anytime soon. What's worse, Arnold just removed the tax on automobiles!

My thoughts exactly. Apparently the funding for the project was approved, but with the defecit like it is, I doubt it will be completed when they'd like it completed. It will get completed eventually. It has a lot of support from Californians, so that might also help speed things along a little bit.

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^Isn't HSR mostly a federally-funded project? I don't think California's budget crisis will derail HSR anytime soon. Now inner-city rail in Los Angeles is a different story.

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