Last week President Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded the $8 billion in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create 13 new high-speed rail corridor projects in 31 states and the District of Columbia and a number of improvement and planning initiatives to lay the groundwork for future high-speed intercity rail service. The grants, LaHood wrote on his blog Jan. 28, "make rail a viable transportation alternative in many regions."
What do you think? Did the administration spend the $8 billion wisely? And how should it spend future federal dollars to make the most of its investment in high-speed rail?
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