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Unformatted text preview: evel, providing a clear signal of long-term commitment to building a modern, attractive U.S. public transportation system. 19 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: State Governments Reject the Money [____] [____] California proves that states will accept the money CBS News, 2012 (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57467408/california-assembly-approves-high-speedrail/, July 6,) The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation that would authorize the state to begin selling about $4.5 billion in state bonds for the nation's first high-speed rail system, taking an initial step toward the ambitious $68 billion project that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes will be a part of his legacy. Lawmakers approved SB1029 on a 51-27 vote Thursday afternoon, with Republicans opposing it, sending the legislation to the state Senate, where it is expected to face a more contentious vote Friday. The bill paves the way for California to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds and allocates another $1.9 billion for regional rail improvements in Northern and Southern California, and allows the state to tap $3.2 billion in federal grants to start construction of the first segment in the Central Valley. 20 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Railroads Say No [____] [____] Railroads find the plan desirable and will accept it Longman, New American Foundation senior fellow, 2009 (Phillip, “Back on Tracks”, 1-21, http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2009/0901.longman.html, DOA: 4-21-12, ldg) The railroad has long been reluctant to accept government investment in its infrastructure out of fear of public meddling, such as being compelled to run money-losing passenger trains. But now, like most of the industry, it has changed its mind, and it happily accepted Virginia’s offer last year to fund a small portion—$40 million—of the investment needed to get more freight traffic off I-81 and onto the Crescent Corridor. The railroad estimates that with an additional $2 billion in infrastructure investment, it could divert a million trucks off the road, which is currently carrying just under five million. State officials are thinking even bigger: a study sponsored by the Virginia DOT finds that a cumulative investment over ten to twelve years of less than $8 billion would divert 30 percent of the growing truck traffic on I-81 to rail. That would be far more bang for the state’s buck than the $11 billion it would take to add more lanes to the highway, especially since it would bring many other public benefits, from reduced highway accidents and lower repair costs to enormous improvements in fuel efficiency and pollution reduction. Today, a single train can move as many containers as 280 trucks while using one-third as much energy—and that’s before any improvements to rail infrastructure. 21 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Government Action Undermines Rail [____] [____] Government action critical to making sure that investments...
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