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Unformatted text preview: ovich, Director of America 2050, a national urban planning initiative to develop an infrastructure and
growth strategy for the United States, et al, 2011
(Petra, High Speed Rail; a lesson for U.S. policy makers, pg. 40;FAS)
(A typical highspeed rail line has the ability to transport approximately the same number of people in the same
direction as a three-lane highway, but on a fraction of the land area. The right-of-way width of a typical two-track
high-speed rail line is about 82 feet—onethird the width of a standard six-lane highway (246 feet). This difference in land
use amounts to a savings of 24.3 acres per mile of high-speed rail. Such a savings could be particularly significant in
environmentally sensitive areas that need protection and in urbanized areas where land for highway expansion is
costly to acquire (UIC 2010a).) No tradeoff with Freight or increase – coordination makes effective
Office of the vice president, February 08, 2011
(press release, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/08/vice-president-biden-announces-six-yearplan-build-nation...
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