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Unformatted text preview: to be the undisputed world leader in transportation innovation. In 1918, U.S. troops built a rail yard
in La Rochelle, France, to build trains for troop transports during World War I. Today, the train factory is still in operation, used by
the French company Alstom Transport to manufacture high-speed trains that can speed along at 225 mph—faster
than any rail line in the U.S. is equipped to handle. La Rochelle is just one spot on the map showing how the United
States has abandoned its role as world leader in state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure—and how we have let
the quality and productivity of our own transportation system fall way behind our global competitors’. The World’s Leading Economies are Giving the U.S. a Run for its Money
BAF, 2011 (“Falling Apart and Falling Behind”; FAS) pg.27
(Around the world, our primary economic competitors are making ambitious forward-looking plans and major
commitments of funding to improve their transportation networks. Emerging economic powerhouses like China and
Brazil are building state-of-the-art transportation networks practically fr...
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