LaHood says HSR is “what the American people want”

January 11, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Obama administration is committed to building a national high-speed passenger-rail network because “this is what the American people want.”

LaHood was quoted in a December 7 Chicago Sun-Times story that followed his appearance at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Forum.

He told Forum attendees that President Obama intended high-speed rail to be part of his legacy and that if current plans for a Midwest high-speed rail network are fully implemented the number of intercity travelers passing through Chicago Union Station would equal the passenger volumes at Chicago Midway Airport.

LaHood said funding problems should not be allowed to stall the advance of highs-speed rail any more than they stalled the Interstate highway network that President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched in 1956.

“Nobody knew where the lines were going to be, and nobody knew where all the money was going to come from,” he said. “Fifty years later we have the best Interstate system in the world.”

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