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Unformatted text preview: ;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 financed a number of businesses and residential condos, a new movie theatre, a new 60
room hotel, and a 21st century health clinic. Similar high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects across the country will create jobs not only in our manufacturing sector, but also in the small businesses that open near modernized train
stations. They will connect large metropolitan communities and economies through a safe, convenient, and reliable
transportation alternative. They will ease congestion on our roads and at our airp...
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