How Would High-Speed Rail Affect Your Community?

Posted by Lucy Collins on Feb 2, 2011 11:24:54 PM

In a recent editorial on usnews.com, North Little Rock, Ark. Mayor Patrick Hays writes a compelling article calling for high-speed rail to becoming a national priority. While recognizing the interstate system as our country's backbone, he calls for a serious pursuit of new modes of transportation to not only address the growing population, but to ensure our economic growth and global competitiveness.

While many politicians agree with Hays, the opposition says its too expensive and won't save energy.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, The Department of Transportation awarded $8 billion among 31 states to begin developing America's first nationwide high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

Click here to read an earlier article from cnn.com detailing out the proposed high-speed rail system, where it will be located and what the opposing viewpoints are.

While the cards may still be out on a national high-speed rail system, we recognize the importance of local infrastructure for economic development growth in our communities and are optimistic for any improvements in public transportation and national infrastructure.

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