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    This is truly a no-brainer. Transfer the high-speed rail money those four (and any other) Republican governors want to use for new pavement to California and Illinois.

    I would just want to echo other comments that lots of states would love to have more rail money. It's not just a NY/CA/IL thing. Trains are popular all over the country, including 'swing' states and 'flyover' country. In fact, one of the major transportation problems we're now faced with in lots of places is that the combination of population growth and trucking is overwhelming the capacity of the Interstate highway system. Improving existing lines and building new ones is a win-win-win for passengers, freight, and the environment.

    In Missouri, for example, both St. Louis and Kansas City have preserved their union stations more or less intact (KC still uses the actual building for trains) and currently run passenger rail service that would be improved by addressing bottlenecks on existing track and expanding service to new locations. Also, St. Louis was one of the first 'second-tier' cities to put in a local light rail line that connects, among other things, the airport and the train station (some might be surprised to learn, for example, that St. Louis' 73 km is longer than in Minneapolis, Denver, or Seattle). Several cities have now assembled the coalition to do this, even in 'red' states like Utah, showing how a comprehensive system could complement all the pieces, from urban rail to regional and high speed rail. Meanwhile, I-70 across the state is completely maxed out, with accidents halting traffic for extended periods of time and 'rush-hour' type traffic extending well out into exurban/rural stretches. Unfortunately, far from an outlier, that would describe many states' transportation networks.

    But in that challenge is the opportunity to re-discover the vast passenger rail system that used to link our country. Even in the home of Blunt and Limbaugh.

    Ask your Member of Congress what they're doing to put Americans back to work.

    by washunate on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 08:15:57 AM PST

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