Uncertainty Mounts: The Future of High-Speed Rail Development
Mounting concerns over the U.S. federal budget deficit as well as a slower economy may have led some legislators to reconsider their support of President Barack Obama’s campaign to develop high-speed rail (HSR) systems across the United States.
Tom Van Dam, Principal Engineer and Chair of the Transportation Practice Group at CTLGroup, was quoted extensively in a Sept. 28, 2011 Buildipedia.com article.
"The future of high-speed rail development in the U.S. is at risk," Van Dam said. He emphasized that high-speed rail development is already in process, but "without support from the federal government there will be no high-speed rail in the United States." He also pointed out that high-speed rail systems create much smaller carbon footprints than alternative modes of transportation.
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