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Unformatted text preview: questioned the value of the federal rail grant. In Wisconsin, incoming Governor Scott Walker (R)
opposed the plan, and outgoing Governor James Doyle (D) suspended the project in response to the voters’
decision.In Ohio, gubernatorial candidate John Kasich (R) campaigned against accepting the $450 million HSR
grant to provide passenger service between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati, and Governor Kasich canceled
the project shortly after he assumed office. A September 2009 study of the Ohio project’s viability concluded that the average
speed of the service would not exceed 39 miles per hour when the stops were included and that its cost would be closer to $581 million.In
response to the threatened rejection, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood argued, “If you build it they will come,” and “People
like to ride trains.… You don’t build these trains to travel faster, although sometimes you do.”  Apparently, Ohio voters were
unmoved by Secretary LaHood’s rationalizations and elected Kasich governor. The FR...
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