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Unformatted text preview: invest,” said Kevin McFall, Senior Vice President at Stacy and W itbeck Inc., a leading public transit construction firm. “This program can be a shot in the arm for the manufacturing industry. These high -speed rail projects will give us the opportunity to put people to work building the rail infrastructure this count ry desperately needs.” “U.S. businesses have been known for their cutting edge technologies and innovations, said Jeffrey Wharton, President of IMPulse NC. “We need to put this expertise to work, providing business and employment opportunities while catching up with the rest of the world in high-speed rail and its associated benefits.” “We are excited about the prospect of putting Americans to work building the rail tracks and equipment that will keep America’s economic recovery moving forward,” said Charles Wochele, Vice President for Industry and Government Relations at Alstom Transport. “We look forward to partnering with the federal and state governments to ensure these projects get off the ground.” 9|Page High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Private Sector Solves [____] [____] Private investment is insufficient because safety costs and capacity need public investment. Wall Street Journal 2011 (“The Future of Rail”, 5-11,, DOA: 4-19-12) MR. MCCLELLAN: The biggest challenge for the railroads will be to build the needed capacity in a timely fashion and at a cost that the market prices can support. MR. RENNICKE: Future investments must also be considered in the context of the unfunded mandate for the railroads to spend billions on installing anticollision technology and potentially accept the operation of increasing numbers of passenger trains over their lines. Both have the potential to further limit the existing capacity of the network and the ability to meet future growth. Improved transit times and consistent reliability are key to long-term rail-industry viability. Both measures have steadily improved over the last several decades but still have a way to go. [____] Private investment is not enough to solve the harms that are occurring now American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009 (American Society of Civil Engineers, “Rail”, , DOA: 420-12) After years of shedding excess capacity, railroads have been increasing infrastructure investment and spending in recent years. In 2006, overall spending on rail infrastructure was $8 billion, a 21% increase from 2005. 2 More specifically, spending on construction of new roadway and structures increased from $1.5 billion in 2005 to $1.9 billion in 2007. 4 Increased spending on maintenance of railroad networks and systems has become necessary as investments are made in more costly signaling technology, heavier rail, and the improved substructure necessary to accommodate heavier trains. 3 Demand for freight transportation is projected to nearly double by 2...
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