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Unformatted text preview: in infrastructure, 2011 [Building
America’s Future Educational Fund, “Building America’s Future – Falling Apart and Falling Behind,”
Transportation Infrastructure Report, Accessed 6/1/12] 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 run, a high-speed link connecting Chicago to cities like Minneapolis
and Cincinnati could be a boon for businesses in multiple states. One hundred million people live within 500 miles of
Chicago, creating a major hubs, and a population density greater than most of Europe. Amtrak trains in and out of
New York City already operate at capacity. At 13 million riders a year, ridership already exceeds the threshold
that studies have determined necessary to economically justify an investment in bui...
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