Despite the resistance seen from many politicians and pundits, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is sticking to his guns and supporting high-speed rail projects around the US. LaHood even wrote an op-ed piece in support of his idea, saying that it was good for the economy and the environment, and rife with social benefit. He even went so far as to deem it a ‘legacy’ left to future generations, akin to the US highway system.
“For years, we have watched other countries pass us by as they build faster trains. Indeed, the benefits of high-speed rail are tough to ignore. It will seamlessly integrate large metropolitan communities and economies through a safe, convenient and reliable transportation alternative. It will ease congestion on our roads and at our airports. It will reduce our reliance on oil as well as our carbon emissions. And it will provide a much-needed boost to America’s hard-hit manufacturing sector during a time of economic struggle.” LaHood wrote in his piece.
It is undeniable that other cultures, particularly those in Europe and Asia, are a lot less centered around the car than Americans are. High-speed rail systems are certainly central to this.
– By: Stephen Calogera