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.
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.