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Unformatted text preview: no state can rationally make a commitment to visionary and expensive rail projects. It looks like the
transportation of the future—like the energy of the future—will remain a dream in the minds of blue politicians and trendy urban planners for
years to come.} Coordination and federal leadership are key to a national high speed rail
Schwieterman, director of Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at the University of DePaul in
Chicago, Scheldt, Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, 2007 (Joseph, Justin, Journal of Transportation Law,
Logistics, and Policy), pg 435
[Several of our findings highlight notable issues facing governments that are proposing HSR systems: * More than 70 percent of the
existing railroad mileage identified for HSR involves single-track lines with traffic densities exceeding 10 million
gross ton-miles annually. On such routes, there are typically at least a dozen daily freight operations and often substantially
more. The development of HSR service generally requires investments in capacity enhancements to eliminate conflicts
and/or potential bottlenecks. * About 63 percent of all proposed HSR mileage involves corridors that cross state
boundary lines. This finding both reinforces the not...
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