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Unformatted text preview: d for their products. By demonstrating an ongoing commitment to building and operating a high quality
passenger rail system, the Midwestern states can create an environ- ment in which local manufacturers have a dependable
base of demand from which to build. As discussed below, this will require a commitment from state and federal gov- ernment to provide
stable funding for high speed rail operations and construction. Ultimately, the full economic benefit of a revived passenger rail
industry lies in Midwestern firms producing not just for the region’s own needs, but also for the world market in passenger rail
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 Midwes...
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