Intermountain West: Off the Map for HSR Plans
"'If you don't have a line on the map, you're nowhere,' said [Dennis] Smith, executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments. 'This is about: How does the fastest-growing region get politically aligned?'"
"Under their charter, the Western regions each contributes $60,000 a year to the effort. The money will pay for studies and plans in an effort to 'promote the expansion of the high-speed rail system throughout the intermountain West regions with the connections to the Pacific Coast.'"