High-speed rail project gets sidetracked by GOP wave
High-speed rail project gets sidetracked by GOP wave - ABC News
By LISA STARK
Nov. 5, 2010
In the wake of Tuesday’s election results, yet another one of the administration’s flagship programs may now be in jeopardy. At least two newly elected Republican governors are taking aim at high speed rail projects in their states.
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President Barack Obama promised to develop America’s first nationwide program of intercity high-speed passenger rail. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called the plan “a game changer” that “will help change our society for the better.” The administration has already awarded $10.5 billion dollars in stimulus money to help pay for 54 rail projects in 23 states. $2.5 billion of that was doled out just last week.
A frame from an animation of the new train from Canada’s Bombardier Inc. is shown in this undated handout photo. Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker stridently opposes a high-speed rail project that was planned to run between Milwaukee and Madison, and is looking to kill the project without forfeiting $800 million in Federal funds. (Bombardier/Reuters)
But not everyone is eager to climb aboard. In Ohio, Governor-elect John Kasich has been quoted as saying, “Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future.” Ohio was slated to get $400 million in federal funds for passenger trains between Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Kasich minced no words in talking about the project. “That train is dead,” he said.