The new report analyzes the potential of high speed rail in nine different regions, including the California, and presents eleven public-interest recommendations for how to spend high speed rail investments in the future. According to data cited in the report, reduced air and car travel mean large pollution reductions and oil savings for the state. It is estimated that the network will reduce global warming pollution by up to 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide a year by 2030, the equivalent of taking almost one million cars off the road, and improve air quality in all regions. Get
To fix our roads and bridges, America first must fix our transportation policies. To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance, we must adopt strong “fix-it first” rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges, set national goals for the condition of our transportation system, and hold state governments accountable for achieving results.
As California moves toward construction of a new high-speed rail network, the state has much to learn from experiences abroad. High-speed rail lines have operated for decades in Europe and Asia, providing a wealth of information about what California can expect from high-speed rail and how the state can receive the greatest possible benefits from its investment.
Highway advocates often claim that roads "pay for themselves," with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering—or nearly covering—the full cost of highway construction and maintenance. They are wrong.
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