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U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) recently teamed up with two actors from the hit show Mad Men and FunnyorDie.com to produce a comedic online video in support of high speed rail!

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Feb 03, 2011

Cities expected to have passenger stations for California's proposed high-speed train system will get a helping hand from the state to plan for development around the stations.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority voted today in Sacramento to approve as much as $200,000 per station site.

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Feb 03, 2011

BEIJING: China is ready to sell its high-speed bullet train technology to other countries, authorities said.

"China is willing to export the high-speed rails technology to any country that wants to buy," Wang Yongping, spokesperson of the ministry of railways, told the Global Times. "We own the most advanced technology of high-speed rails."

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Feb 02, 2011

Conference Venue: Alion Conference Center - 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, directly across the street from Navy Yard metro station, next to USDOT and FRA headquarters

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Feb 02, 2011

As America moves toward construction of new high-speed rail networks in regions throughout the country, we have much to learn from experiences abroad. High-speed rail lines have operated for more than 45 years in Japan and for three decades in Europe, providing a wealth of information about what the United States can expect from high-speed rail and how we can receive the greatest possible benefits from our investment.

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Feb 02, 2011

WASHINGTON — For insight into U.S. Rep. John Mica's priorities as new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, just look at his calendar.

On Thursday, just one day after Mica organized his 59-member committee in Washington, the Winter Park Republican held a field hearing in New York City. The subject: How to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast corridor — an ambitious plan that could rely on Florida as a model on how to fund it.

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Feb 01, 2011

When Dwight Eisenhower took office in 1953, and began talking eloquently about connecting America by road, it was by no means a revolutionary idea.  The Public Roads Administration had already created an interstate system and dreamed up the idea it might one day extend over 40,000 miles.  What Eisenhower did was make that dream a reality by coming up with a plan for funding its construction.

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Jan 18, 2011

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, supports constructing a high speed rail system between Orlando and Tampa.

Sort of.

On Tuesday morning Mica, chairman of the House Transportion and Infrastructure Committee, expressed support for the project to the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission, which was holding a meeting at the Florida Department of Transportation offices in downtown Jacksonville.

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Jan 18, 2011

A train from Tampa to Orlando may not make sense. But one that keeps going to Port Canaveral and then heads south to Miami could begin to make sense — if not now, then 20 years from now — when our growth-management laws have been rescinded and Florida is one shining subdivision from sea to shining sea.

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Jan 17, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News officials say they're hoping to build a new Amtrak station to handle what is expected to be soaring ridership.

Community planning manager Michael King tells the Virginian-Pilot that high-speed rail's impending arrival demands new facilities.

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Jan 17, 2011

The Obama Administration is attempting to catch up to European and Asian high-speed rail projects.

Trains are an indispensable part of American history. Lately, however, the rail system has fallen into disrepair. Many other European and Asian countries have invested in modern, high-speed, high-efficiency trains, while the United States still largely relies on airlines to transport passengers.

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Jan 17, 2011

A high-speed rail link between Atlanta and Chattanooga could draw between 2.6 and 4 million passengers annually when it finally gets under way in 2020, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Jan 15, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Valley officials acted as tour guides for a group of Chinese investors.

The group spent several hours in Fresno looking at plans for the high speed rail that is expected to break ground next year. High speed rail will pass right through Downtown Fresno.

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Jan 15, 2011

The Jan. 12 editorial "Hit the brakes," criticizing California's high-speed rail plan, was shortsighted and parochial. If President Dwight D. Eisenhower had waited until he had all the cash on hand, all the lines drawn on a map and all the naysayers on board, America wouldn't have an interstate highway system. We stand at a similar crossroads today when it comes to high-speed rail.

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Jan 14, 2011

The Orlando-based High Speed Rail News Channel, now the largest online video archive of high speed rail news in the U.S., is wrapping up its first year of production covering high speed rail news from China to California. The channel’s three most popular stories in its inaugural year featured a new world record by China’s High Speed Rail, a visit overseas by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Rail Group entering the bidding field for Florida’s High Speed Rail. 

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Dec 21, 2010

Today U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the distribution of $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects nationwide, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released the results of a large travel survey which shows that nerly two-thirds of adults (62 percent) said they would definitely or probably use high-speed rail service for leisure or business travel if it were an option.

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Nov 28, 2010

A consortium of Eurpean companies is vying to finance and operate Florida's high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The group, headed by train maker Alstom SA of France, will undoubtedly face spirited competition in its bid for the multibillion-dollar project. But the seven-company multinational consortium says no one can rival its combined experience and financial wherewithal.

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Nov 19, 2010

ALTON - September 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by officials to announce the start of a $98 million project to upgrade an initial 90 miles of Union Pacific railroad track between Alton and Lincoln in preparation for high-speed rail service. This initial phase will create approximately 900 direct and indirect jobs, and represents the first high-speed rail upgrades in the nation. In total, developing the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail corridor is anticipated to create and retain approximately 24,000 direct and indirect Illinois jobs. The project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Sep 21, 2010
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