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Hart, director of government relations at Quarles & Brady, and vice president of government affairs for the US
High Speed Rail Association, May 23, 2012 [Politico, Thomas, Jr., “High Speed Rail’s Many Benefits,”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76682_Page2.html, Accessed 6/1/12] SM
Even as Congress looks into a new surface transportation bill, U.S. transportation systems confront daunting
challenges of overcrowding and disrepair. Delays and waste cost the nation more than $100 billion per year in lost
time, productivity and energy. The U.S. needs modern public transportation not dependent on oil or traffic patterns. Most
developed nations now have high-speed rail, sleek trains that reach more than 200 mph. Here, this option would be most viable
in two distinct corridors on the East and West Coasts – the Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington, and California.The
Northeast Corridor is already one of most valuable U.S. transportation assets. With I-95, it...
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