Tuesday, February 2, 2010

High-speed rail- coming to Kansas?

The Federal and state governments are looking at ways to build safe, functional, ecological and convenient methods of travel including high-speed passenger rail systems. The Federal government has been behind a national push to coordinate rail systems. The Kansas Legislature has introduced four bills that would help to direct and facilitate funding for rail systems in Kansas: House Bills 2382 and 2552, Senate Bills 409 and 502, House Concurrent Resolution 5014, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 1617. These bills may be found at http://www.kslegislature.org/- click on "full text of bills" from the menu at the top and then type in the bill number.

Kansas Department of Transportation's Long Range Plan:

President Obama's 2010 State of the Union speech:

See President Obama and Vice President Biden discuss passenger rail at a town hall-type meeting:

Press release regarding President Obama and Vice President Biden announcing funds for high-speed rail projects:

Read the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's blog post regarding rail:

High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program

FRA Vision for High-Speed Rail:

Amtrak Kansas Fact Sheet:

High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program- a short legislative and executive history:

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Federal Rail Administration:

Methodology for Determining the Avoidable and Fully Allocated Costs of Amtrak Routes, Vol. I, Main Report (December 2009):

Article Contact: Kim Harp

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