The Return of the Railroad

Posted: April 29, 2009 in Amtrak, Train Rides in NC

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By: Jon Lewis  

(WSB Radio)  They were the staple of 19th Century transportation and now, thanks to federal money, they may be the key to travel in the 21st Century. Trains are coming back.

The Obama Administration, as part of the federal stimulus package, has devoted $8 billion for the development of high speed rail.  And the southeast United States, including Georgia, should see a large sum of money going towards the development of rail.

The government has identified 10 corridors, each from 100 to 600 miles long, with greatest promise for high-speed development.

They are: a northern New England line; an Empire line running east to west in New York State; a Keystone corridor running laterally through Pennsylvania; a major Chicago hub network; a southeast network connecting the District of Columbia to Florida and the Gulf Coast; a Gulf Coast line extending from eastern Texas to western Alabama; a corridor in central and southern Florida; a Texas-to-Oklahoma line; a California corridor where voters have already approved a line that will allow travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two and a half hours; and a corridor in the Pacific Northwest.

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