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In some ways the term "high speed rail" is creating unnecessary controversy. It would make more sense to talk about "regular & reliable rail," since that's the first step in most parts of the US outside the Northeast Corridor.
I travel to Eugene and Seattle occasionally by Amtrak Cascades and would do so more frequently if service was more regular and reliable. I care less whether speeds exceed 79 MPH or reach 125 MPH than there is a reliable trip to Eugene and Seattle in roughly the same time as driving, which would create a very pleasant trip.
I'd rather have my federal gas tax dollars invested in rail, which reduces oil dependence and keeps money in local economies, than spent on ever more highways, which increases dependence on oil and exports money.
WSDOT invests more in rail than ODOT; I'd like to see ODOT, Governor Kitzhaber and our state legislators provide more support for rail in Oregon.
posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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