Are High Speed Trains Feasible in the U.S.? Executive Summary In the modern era of economic downturn and volatile fuel prices, the U.S. finally seems to be waking up to the cold reality that high speed rail networks are the only likely solution to transportation needs. The extreme spike in gasoline prices in 2008 may have been final catalyst which has bolstered efforts across the nation to put regional high speed rail networks into operation. The feasibility studies are ongoing in various states, but the impetus has been provided by the commitment given by the Obama administration with its overt focus on improving and modernizing the nation. “The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has been flooded with proposals seeking a piece of the $8 billion...The end:
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