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Obama Calls for $53 Billion High-Speed Rail System

Chugging along in a claustrophobic passenger train for hours on end can be a nauseating affair, so President Obama is calling for a six-year plan to create 250 mph trains across the US — making those weekend trips to see the in-laws mercifully zippier.

Obama aims to provide 80 percent of Americans with access to high-speed rail within 25 years, and create tens of thousands of jobs in the process.

The plan still needs to make its way past the stuffy geezers in Congress, and considering the project will cost $53 billion to implement, it may be up for a decent fight. Obama’s State of the Union speech had an emphasis on technological innovation (as well as a dash of “keeping up with the Joneses“), so snapping together pieces of high-speed track would make an excellent side project to help fulfill his dream.

[Huffington Post]

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