New report makes the case for why the U.S. needs high-speed rail infrastructure, and needs it now
In 2010, under the Obama administration and the guidance of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the United States took its first-ever steps toward building a modern high-speed rail network, joining much of the rest of the industrialized world by setting aside funding grants for this efficient transportation option.
While most transportation experts and supporters of sustainable development applauded these first bold moves, some lawmakers and members of the public alike continue to doubt the wisdom of investing in high-speed rail and present political challenges to its progress. In some instances state-level politicians have even refused, or threatened to refuse, funding from the Federal government for rail, while continuing to spend freely on highways and other more familiar transportation options.
In light of the spending-wary climate that appears likely to linger for some time and the high-profile disagreements over which infrastructure investments will better carry the U.S. into the future, the Sustainable Cities Collective reached out to a diverse group of commentators - including a transportation journalist, a non-profit analyst, an executive of a multinational transportation company, and two transit and urban planning experts - to explain in this comprehensive report why they feel high-speed rail is the smart choice for America, and how we can reap its benefits.
Download this ebook for the strongest, timeliest viewpoints on high-speed rail, back up by real evidence, from a range of diverse perspectives, including:
Yonah Freemark is a journalist who writes on urban issues, with a focus on transportation. He has written for his own website, The Transport Politic, as well as Next American City, Dissent, and Planning magazines.
Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Analyst at the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). Mr. Baxandall oversees policy and strategy development for state PIRGs’ tax and budget campaigns throughout the U.S., including campaigns for transportation reform.
Oliver Hauck is the President of Siemens Mobility Division U.S., a full-service provider of products and services for the transportation industry in North America.
Petra Todorovich is the Director of America 2050, a national urban planning initiative to develop an infrastructure and growth strategy for the United States. She oversees America 2050’s research, advocacy, and planning, with partners such as the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Darnell Chadwick Grisby is Deputy Policy Director for Reconnecting America, a national non-profit that works to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve in order to improve economic and environmental efficiency and give consumers more housing and mobility choices.