Passenger Trains Gain Favor with Public, Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Passenger trains are getting back on track in
some parts of the country.
The high cost of energy, coupled with congestion on highways and
at airports, is drawing travelers back to trains not only for
commuting but also for travel between cities as much as 500 miles
apart.
Californians are considering selling billions of dollars worth
of bonds to get going on an 800-mile system of bullet trains that
could zip along at 200 miles per hour, linking San Francisco and
San Diego.
In the Midwest, transportation officials are pushing a plan to
connect cities in nine states in a hub-and-spoke system centered in
Chicago. The nine states included in the Midwest Regional Rail
Initiative are: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska.
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On the Net:
Amtrak: www.amtrak.com
California ballot initiative: http://tinyurl.com/5q7d2x
Map of states included in the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/passengerrail/onepagers/midwest.html
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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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