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The high-speed rail line that could connect NYC and LA in 18 hours

Excerpt from International Business Times

Feb 07, 2013 8:12 am

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As much as a transcontinental railroad might spur business travel and job creation in the U.S., the reality is that tracks will be laid in California and the Northeast long before the Midwest.

— Samantha Shankman

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While high speed rail is on the up-and-up in the state of California, advocacy groups such as the U.S. High Speed Rail Association are continuing their focus on countrywide expansion. Led by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the USHSR has released a plan that maps out a 17,000 mile national high speed rail system that would be built in four phases and be completed by the year 2030.

The independent, nonprofit group suggests that this this new national system will “revitalize our economy, reactivate our manufacturing sector, create millions of jobs, end our oil dependency, reduce congestion, and cut our carbon footprint by epic proportions.”

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