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January 25, 2010
PPI Memo--Fast Track to the Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America

Fast Track to the Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The best way to make a train run fast is to make sure it doesn't run slow. "The Fast Track to the Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America," a new Progressive Policy Institute policy memo authored by Mark Reutter, the former editor of Railroad History and author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, examines the future for high-speed rail in the United States and the obstacles ahead.

"Political leaders need to understand HSR for what it is," writes Reutter, "an entirely new and very high-tech mode of intercity travel."

Download the full policy report here.

The author argues that President Obama must outline a transformative vision, rather than cling to the business-as-usual incrementalism of the past, if high-speed rail is to become a reality in this country. Modernizing our infrastructure, with high-speed rail at the top of the list, should be a fundamental part of any economic recovery.

Download the full policy report here.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century.  Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For more information or to speak with the author, contact Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931.

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