The Obama administration "wants to be helpful" in funding the NextGen air-traffic control system, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told airline executives on Tuesday, while refusing to give any details on what that help might look like. Airlines have complained that Washington is providing $8 billion to high-speed rail projects while failing to help the air travel industry in the face of a severe downturn. While stressing the importance of modernizing ATC, LaHood said high-speed rail will continue to be a priority for the administration. "This is the president's vision, this is the vice president's vision, this is America's vision ... We're going to get into the high-speed rail business," he said.
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