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Unformatted text preview: America. In FY2010 Amtrak ridership hit a record high of 28.7
million passengers and ridership is on pace to break that record at the end of FY2011 . States and communities
around the country are eager for federal funds to help promote high speed and intercity rail. Last year, the
Department of Transportation received nearly 100 applications for high speed rail funding, but only able to fulfill
fewer than half of those requests.] Building HSR in megaregions solves ridership
Todorovich, Director of America 2050, a national urban planning initiative to develop an infrastructure and
growth strategy for the United States, et al, 2011
(Petra, High Speed Rail; a lesson for U.S. policy makers, 13;FAS)
The factors conducive to high-speed rail ridership, such as population density and congestion on competing modes
of travel, are found primarily in 11 large megaregions that contain 75 percent of America’s popu lation and jobs
(figure 3). In the most recent draft of the National Rail Plan, the U.S. Depart...
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