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http://e360.yale.edu/feature/us_high-speed_rail_time_to_hop_aboard_or_be_left_behind/2378/, Accessed 6/1/12]
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 everworsening 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...
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