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Unformatted text preview: equipment. To that end, the Midwest should devise and implement a long-term strategy for building a vibrant, globally competitive passenger
rail industry. Local manufac- turers are likely capable of producing the equipment needed for a 110 mph network, but for
higher speed trains, of the sort that are under consideration the route between St. Louis and Chicago, foreign expertise will likely be required at
first. As the Midwestern states look towards further upgrading their rail network in the future, they should consider how
they can create a domestic manufacturing base for the high- tech equipment necessary. For example, South Korea
licensed the technology for its high-speed rail system from a French com- pany, with the first trains manufactured in Europe and the
rest domestically.134 Over time, Korean companies developed their own high-speed rail technology, which they now hope to export to other
nations building high-speed rail networks.135 Solvency: US HSR Benefits the Manufacturing Industry
High speed rail would create jobs in the manufacturing sector
Fast Lane, 2012 (High-speed rail is essential for economic growth and opportunity, Apri...
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