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Unformatted text preview: ng the continent with 200-mile an hour, electric-powered locomotives. These high-speed trains provide faster, cleaner
service than car-jammed highways and beat air travel between destinations up to 700 miles apart. And with cars that tilt in the turns, comfort is
not sacrificed for speed. As the first decade of the 21st century ends, the only high speed rail service operating in the U.S. is Amtrak’s Acela
express running along the Northeast Corridor between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. By the standards of European high speed rail
services, Acela is a tortoise, with speeds averaging only 109 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour) for the entire route. And there is nothing
faster or more technologically advanced in the entire United States. The lack of effective high speed rail links in the United States
has every serious economic and balance of trade consequence. It makes the country far more dependent upon imported oil for cars
and trucks and also upon civilian air travel, which not only requires enormous quantities of high octane fuel, but also poses much mo...
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