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Unformatted text preview: are properly targeted Michael Renner et al., W orldwatch Institute senior researcher, 2010 (“Global Competitiveness in the Rail and Transit Industry”,, DOA: 4-20-12) The U.S. federal government needs to play a strong guiding role in targeting investments, selecting key corridors, and creating a well-integrated passenger transportation system (as well as ensuring sufficient separation of passenger and freight tracks). While there is a role to play for state and local governments (especially with regard to urban and commuter rail lines), leaving policy decisions to a multitude of authorities and agencies without clear performance goals is unlikely to bring about a system that works well. Smart coordination is a must, not just with regard to route and network planning, but also with regard to funding and revenue-sharing among different layers of government. 22 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Congestion Means People Won’t Use the Rails [____] [____] People will use the rails because the rails will be less congested than roads CBS News, 2012 (, July 6,) Panyanouvong said he loves the idea of jumping on a train, turning on his computer and getting some work done on his way to Tampa, "without having to worry about traffic or driving." But the idea is much bigger than convenience, say supporters, who believe high -speed intercity rail will cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil, reduce climate -changing pollution and fatten wallets by triggering economic development. Soon, Americans might find themselves rocketing along ribbons of rails at 200 mph in sleek, painted passenger cars -- never stopping until they arrive at destinations awake and refreshed. 23 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answer to: Urban Sprawl Turn [____] [____] There are many other causes besides transportation infrastructure Dee Striker, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, 2007 (“What are the Causes of Urban Sprawl”, -urban-sprawl2577.html) Urban sprawl is loosely defined as low-density residential, and sometimes commercial, development that is outside the borders of higher density urban centers. Urban sprawl communities are typically automobile-oriented as opposed to pedestrian-friendly. Planners, scholars, community activists and public officials all offer numerous possibilities as to the causes of urban sprawl. Lack of Comprehensive Planning The Planners Web Sprawl Guide suggests that little to no regional planning is one of the major causes of urban sprawl. If officials in densely populated urban centers plan in isolation without consulting nearby communities, the result is sometimes poorly planned developments on the outskirts of urban centers. Instead of bridging the existing infrastructure and amenities of surrounding comm unities, these less densely pop...
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