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Unformatted text preview: ains would lure riders who would otherwise drive or fly, reducing congestion, pollution and
the country's dependence on foreign oil. And simply building new futuristic trains zipping around at more than 150 miles an hour would
be an accomplishment in itself, one that could lift the spirits of a recession-battered nation.} Plan would increase jobs for manufacturing sector and small businesses
Office of the vice president, February 08, 2011
(press release, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/08/vice-president-biden-announces-six-yearplan-build-national-high-speed-r; DKE)
<This long term commitment builds on the $10.5 billion down payment the Obama Administration already devoted
to a national high-speed rail system – including $8 billion of Recovery Act funds and $2.5 billion from the 2010
budget. These investments are already paying economic dividends in places like Brunswick, Maine, where construction workers are laying
track that will provide the first rail service since the 1940s from Brunswick to Portland to Boston. Private dollars are also gravitating toward
Brunswick’s station neighborhood, as investors have...
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