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Southern states push for high-speed rail

Posted on January 1, 2004

Six Southeastern states are joining to push for an alternative to busy freeways — an ambitious, high-speed train network that would connect the southeast and link it with Washington, D.C., Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Proponents in Congress recently won $750,000 in federal funds to study the possibility of such a system. Business leaders in the region, who are spearheading the effort, are lauding the rail proposal's financing scheme. The federal government would pay for building the rail network at an estimated $6 billion, but once the tracks were completed, a private business would operate it, using its own rail cars and without government subsidies.

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