18 the futurestriving for sustainable mobility in the

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Unformatted text preview: ines & Technology indicated that cost savings of greater than 20% could be obtained with FSW as compared to the baseline bolted design when fabricating aluminum hopper cars.18 The Future—Striving for Sustainable Mobility In the U.S. the development of passenger rail services has lagged behind the rapid growth of air traffic and air terminals and the continuing development of the interstate road system. The status of the rail industry was highlighted in a recent news article.19 The article pointed out that high speed rail got attention in the 1990s when the U.S. government designated high speed rail corridors around the nation. Now while there are 11 designated rail corridors through 28 states, the article notes that “actual development of high speed rail service has slowed to a crawl or become completely dormant.” All this is because of a lack of both federal and state funding for major infrastructure projects. The article goes on to question whether there is a real market for rail ridership in this country. Further, it is noted that virtually all the railroad tracks in the U.S. are privately owne...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2014 for the course CM 312 taught by Professor Mariowriedt during the Spring '10 term at Clarkson University .

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