Intercity routes are critical to high-speed railway success

06/21/2010 | GovTech.com

If one in 10 American drivers switched to taking high-speed rail transportation, the country could save 550 million barrels of oil a year and add more than 75,000 jobs in three cities alone, said Stephen Robillard, vice president of Siemens' High Speed Rail USA, at a conference on sustainable cities last week. He pointed to European high-speed rail, which has come to replace a large chunk of air travel, as an example of the kind of intercity railway systems needed within the U.S.

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