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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 ease congestion 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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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2013 for the course PHILOSOPHY 303m taught by Professor Tye during the Fall '12 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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