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Unformatted text preview: and a half hours on Amtrak’s Empire Builder.136 The worst, most costly mistake Amer- ica can make going into the 21st century is to not invest adequate resources in upgrading and expanding our passenger rail network. Failing to invest will neces- sitate even greater spending on highways and airports, deepen our costly depen- dence on foreign oil, and forestall the economic growth that can result from improved connections among people, businesses and institutions. The first step in determining an adequate level of investment is to recognize that America is digging out of a very deep hole when it comes to our nation’s rail infrastructure. If the federal government had invested the same amount of money over the last half-century in rail as it had in aviation, roughly $400 billion worth of upgrades would have been possible. That amount of money would have been more than enough to build a high-speed rail network worthy of the world’s most economically advanced nation. To begin to dig out of that hole...
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2013 for the course PHILOSOPHY 303m taught by Professor Tye during the Fall '12 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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