NY Republicans Hop On Board the Anti-HSR Bandwagon

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and Rep. Tom Reed of New York are leading an effort to stop New York from receiving any federal funding for high-speed rail projects.
March 29, 2011, 6am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Buerkle and Reed wrote a letter to Secretary Ray LaHood saying that "Constructing a high speed rail line across Western and Upstate New York is not practical."

The two Representatives specifically challenge the effectiveness of the plan to run high-speed rail on the same tracks as freight in the state. However, when it comes to building a new, true high-speed rail track, Buerkle and Reed say "our tax dollars would be better spent elsewhere."

LaHood and the DOT are considering awarding much of the $2.4 billion recently rejected by Florida to New York, as U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand supports.

For continuing high-speed rail coverage, visit The Railist, a Planetizen news site.

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Published on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Auburn Pub
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