Thursday, April 16, 2009

President Obama's High-Speed Rail Plan

President Obama's high-speed passenger rail 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. Each of the corridors identified by the president's plan are between 100 and 600 miles long. The plan describes trains traveling at top speeds of 150 to 250 mph.

The president's plan would be funded in part through the recently passed $787 billion stimulus plan, which includes a total of $8 billion for improvements in rail service. President Obama has also proposed a separate five-year, $5 billion investment in high-speed rail as part of the administration's proposed fiscal year 2010 budget.

The city of Chicago, Illinois, would be the hub of the proposed Midwest Regional Rail System, which would stretch to Madison, Wisconsin, in the Northwest; St. Louis, Missouri, in the South; and Detroit, Michigan, in the East. (CNN)

The rail plan also highlights potential improvements in the Northeast Corridor running from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts. Federal grants would also be directed toward separate individual rail projects that are deemed "ready to go," with preliminary engineering and environmental work already completed.

High Speed Rail: Strategic Plan, Route Map, Fact Sheet

The White House

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