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Unformatted text preview: s for track improvements that would benefit them and existing and prospective slowspeed Amtrak service that shares the same tracks under contract with the freight railroads that own the tracks on which Amtrak operates.
The FRA awarded just $3.5 billion (44 percent) to only two genuine HSR projects, those in California and Florida.  Not surprisingly,
HSR advocates were disappointed and expressed their concerns accordingly.Because all of these projects—slow-speed and
high-speed—would require substantial state matching funds and perpetual state operating subsidies (since no
passenger rail system in the U.S. and only a handful abroad earn a profit or break even), any state accepting the money would also
be accepting a significant, long-term financial liability at a time when most states are hard-pressed to meet the
core responsibilities of education, law enforcement, and public health. Consequently, supporting or opposing the
President’s rail plan became an issue in several gubernatorial races, particularly in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida, where the winning
candidates either opposed or...
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