Holiday congestion on highways, at airports may bolster rail plans

Holiday highway congestion and airport security rigmarole may provide a much-needed boost for high-speed rail in the U.S., according to these articles. Although newly elected Republicans have threatened to derail bullet trains in several states, there are signs that travelers increasingly want rail. Amtrak ridership is up 5.7% in 2010 versus a year ago. California High-Speed Rail Authority officials say they remain optimistic that a planned bullet train will be constructed.

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