Intermountain West: Off the Map for HSR Plans

Planners from Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno met this week to discuss plans for high-speed rail between their cities, since they've been left off the map of potential corridors to be funded by the stimulus package.

"'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.'"

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