Apta noted for each 1 billion invested in high speed

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Unformatted text preview: would consume 300 billion fewer gallons of fuel over the next 40 years. When these savings are combined with other transportation and energy savings, households would save close to $11,000 per year. More compact communities require 67 percent less land — saving prime farmland in the Central Valley and key open space in coastal regions. 8|Page High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL 1AC 5/5 And, Federal investment in high speed rail will stimulate the economy and lead to long term growth Williams, American Public Transportation Association's Dir Advocacy Communications, 2011 (Mantil, April 6, 2011, “Federal Investment in High-Speed Rail Could Spur 1.3 Million Jobs”, Washington, DC – April 6, 2011 –The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a report detailing the enormous impact high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects will have in driving job development, while also rebuilding America’s manufacturing sector and generating billions of dollars in business sales. This report focuses on key issues critical to private investors as they consider investments or future expansion into businesses serving the growing passenger rail markets. The report, “The Case for Business Investment in High -Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail” reinforces the point that investments in high-speed and intercity rail will have many direct and indirect benefits. Nationally, due to proposed federal investment of high-speed rail over a six-year period, investment can result in supporting and creating more than 1.3 million jobs. This federal investment will be the catalyst for attracting state, local and private capital which will result in the support and creation of even more jobs. According to this new report, investments in building a 21st century rail system will not only lead to a large increase in construction jobs, but to the sustainable, long-term growth of new manufacturing and service jobs across the country. “It is evident that investing in high-speed and intercity rail projects presents one of the clearest and fastest ways to create green, American jobs and spur long-term economic growth,” said APTA President William Millar. “Investing in high-speed rail is essential for America as we work to build a sustainable, modern transportation system that meets the environmental and energy challenges of the future.” APTA noted for each $1 billion invested in high -speed rail projects, the analysis predicts the support and creation of 24,000 jobs. In addition to the thousands of new construction jo bs, investments in high-speed rail will jumpstart the U.S. economy. The Economic Development Research Group for the U.S. Conference of Mayors studied the business impact of high -speed rail investment in different urban regions. For example, in Los Angeles , CA, high-speed rail investment generates $7.6 billion in business sales and $6.1 billion in Chicago, IL. “Federal high-speed rail investment is a strong driver in getting private companies to...
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