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between the major population centers of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. This is the nation’s most
densely populated region with 18 percent of the U.S. population living in just 2 percent of its land area. The NEC region alone
would be the world’s sixth-largest economy, with a gross domestic product of $2.59 trillion.The NEC is already a mature rail
corridor — Amtrak and regional rail services show ridership spikes whenever gas prices increase. Amtrak’s Acela service, however,
averages only 80 mph. True high-speed rail in this corridor could prove competitive with air travel, particularly because rail
can easily connect to other local and regional transit networks. HSR will be ran on renewables
Green Chip Stocks, 7-3-2012, (Green Chip Stocks, High-Speed Rail: Getting Back on Track, 2012,
http://www.greenchipstocks.com/report/high-speed-rail-getting-back-on-track/450 , July 3, 2012, pg 1; FAS)
(Through Siemens Mobility Division, the company will build 70 electric loc...
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