Wed October 10, 2012

More People Taking To The Rails As Amtrak Sets Ridership Record

Amtrak's California Zephyr arriving in Chicago, Illinois.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Over  31 million people traveled on Amtrak during its latest fiscal year, the highest seen by the country's federally subsidized railroad since it entered service in 1971.

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Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Lack Of Support Puts The Brakes On High-Speed Rail

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 10:09 am

California's Legislative Analyst's Office said the latest proposal to build a $68.4 billion high-speed train system is still too vague and the state legislature should not approve funding it for it this year.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Three years ago, President Obama was rolling out an ambitious vision for high-speed rail in America. "Imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 mph," the president said at the time.

Today, there are a few Amtrak trains going that fast, but for the most part, the president's plans for high-speed trains have slowed considerably.

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