A High-Speed Rail Roundup

Today, The Transport Politic continues its excellent coverage of high-speed rail proposals around the country with a comprehensive roundup of the projects that will be vying for federal funds in the months to come. As Yonah Freemark writes,

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The economic stimulus bill included $8 billion for high-speed rail projects. Though Republicans continue to repeat the lie that the funding has already been earmarked for a maglev project between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the truth is that there are a large number of corridors around the country that are likely to apply for funds.

The corridors in question, which are in various stages of planning, cover nearly every region of the country, from Florida to the Pacific Northwest.

Elsewhere around the network: 1000 Friends of Connecticut discusses the merits of form-based zoning; Say Yes to the Honolulu Rail System uses a 15-hour crash-related freeway closure to point out how rail transit offers commuters better reliability; and Trains for America looks at the possibility of privatization (Virgin Trains, anyone?) in the American rail system.

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  • mitch

    Unfortunately the prospect of federal funding for high speed rail is currently endangering Atlanta’s Beltline light rail project, a project that has the potential to be a huge game-changer for intown Atlanta. Amtrak and GDOT, seemingly out of the blue, are trying to lay claim to a portion of the projected Beltline rail line. Because they might want to run high speed rail line through there some day to a train station that doesn’t currently exist. They’re in the midst of a 30 day cooling off period right now.

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/02/20/beltline-amtrak-gdot-meeting-notes-about-decatur-belt-dispute/

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