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High Speed Rail development is economically self-sufficient -will turn an operating profit
Baxandall et al, Ph. D., US PIRG Education Fund, Fall 2010 [Phineas, Tony Dutzik & Jordan Schneider,
Frontier Group, Erin Steva, CALPIRG Education Fund, - “A Track Record of Success High-Speed Rail Around the
World and Its Promise for America,” – US Public Interest Research Group, Accessed 6/1/12] SM
As the United States moves toward the cre- ation of a high-speed rail network at a time of extreme economic difﬁculty, one worry is that a
high-speed rail network would be a ﬁnancial albatross, requiring continuing economic subsidy from taxpayers. The
experience of high-speed rail lines around the world has good news and cautionary news for the United States. The cautionary news is that highspeed rail infrastructure rarely “pays for itself” directly, in the sense that fare revenue is sufﬁcient to pay for the initial costs of con- struction.
Much like other government infrastructure investments—from high- ways to airports to water systems—the purpose of investment in high-speed
rail isn’t to make a proﬁt, but rather to lay the foundation for a vigorous econ...
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