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Unformatted text preview: national goal—for example, linking all major cities within 500 miles
of one another with high-speed rail by mid-century. In the Midwest, at least one 220-mph train route should be completed by 2020 to
demonstrate the effectiveness and ridership appeal of such a line. In addition, existing Amtrak service should be upgraded by 2020 to
operate at speeds of at least 90 miles per hour. Once such a goal has been articulated, state and federal leaders should
measure progress toward it, so that the public can gauge the success of the effort. Solvency: USFG Investment Effective/Good
USFG investment key to a national high-speed rail network – SQ is outdated behind other
Hart, director of government relations at Quarles & Brady, and vice president of government affairs for the US
High Speed Rail Association, May 23, 2012 [Politico, Thomas, Jr., “High Speed Rail’s Many Benefits,”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76682_Page2.html, Accessed 6/1/12] SM
Even as Congress looks into a new surface transportation bill, U.S...
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