Transportation Secretary fields questions on high speed rail
December 11, 2012
Written By Sean Jeans Gail
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood partnered with the Atlantic Cities blog to answer readers' questions about America's transportation challengers.
The first segment addressed a question that has been on the minds of many passenger train advocates since November's election:
"Given President Obama's intent to build a better national passenger rail system, will there be an increased emphasis on implementing it for the years to come?"
Secretary LaHood provides a brief overview of the 152 planning and construction projects currently in the works, touching on the super-high-speed rail project in California and the higher-speed rail projects taking place in the Midwest.
"Saving the Pennsylvanian (New York-Pittsburgh train) was a local effort but it was tremendously useful to have a national organization [NARP] to call upon for information and support. It was the combination of the local and national groups that made this happen."
Michael Alexander, NARP Council Member
April 6, 2013, at the Harrisburg PA membership meeting of NARP