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Enhancing U.S. energy security is just one reason the country needs a state-of-the-art high-speed rail system, which by
2030 could transport millions of people each day between America’s cities. A national high-speed rail system would generate
millions of jobs; help revive the country’s manufacturing sector by creating a new industry producing the
trains, steel, and related components; alleviate pressure on a crumbling transportation infrastructure; and
lessen the ever-worsening congestion on America’s highways and at its airports, where delays cause an
estimated $156 billion in losses to the U.S. economy annually. And then there is climate change and the large-scale reduction of CO2
emissions that would result from the creation of an interstate high-speed rail system and the expansion of regional commuter rail systems. As a
high-speed rail network spreads across the U.S. in the coming decades, the costs of operating the national transportation
system will decline each year to the point where the savings will eventually exceed the estimated $600 billion cost of
building the rail system. Although publ...
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