Late last month, President Obama announced the recipients of an
But there's a wrinkle in the president's announcement: Most of the
The problem is that true high-speed rail is expensive. The
administration is "being criticized because they're not putting all of
the money in the superspeed trains," says
Distributing the money widely might be part of the administration's strategy to keep as many constituencies happy as possible. "If the money only goes to a handful of places, you're effectively thumbing your nose at an awful lot of state departments of transportation, most of them already having trains running," says Capon.
Even with a larger number of rail lines getting funds, some places got left out. Certain parts of the country that the federal government had designated as possible high-speed rail corridors got little or no money. Other areas received far less than they were expecting or requested from the federal government.
The decision to give
The following regions are those that were passed over for high-speed rail funds or got much less than they expected. Essentially, Obama sent a message to these parts of the country: If you want high-speed rail, you need to work harder for it.
The Golden State received the largest amount of money
from Obama's plan:
The large, expansive states
in the Mountain Time Zone are pretty tough to traverse with passenger
A line connecting
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