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Unformatted text preview: al 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. Solvency – National Vision/Projects Key
National projects are key – small projects can’t create the passenger demand needed to
BAF Ed Fund, bipartisan coalition of elected officials focused on US investment in infrastructure, 2011 [Building
America’s Future Educational Fund, “Building America’s Future – Falling Apart and Falling Behind,”
Transportation Infrastructure Report, Accessed 6/9/12] SM
High-speed is not an area in which small pet projects can serve as models that will invite larger commitments in the
future; instead, smaller projects are less likely to attract ridership and recoup their investments . Throwing smaller
amounts of money at slower and smaller high-speed rail projects that are unlikely to succeed is setting ourselves up
for failure. For instance, in the long...
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