Some of the 24 states that have submitted applications for federal high-speed rail funds are aggressively making a case for why they deserve the funds. Florida, for example, launched a marketing campaign dubbed "Life at 128 mph." Officials say they could complete construction of a high-speed rail line by 2014. Meanwhile, Utah formed an alliance with three other western states to support its proposal. The group says projected population growth justifies high-speed rail service that would run between Salt Lake City and Denver.

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