One of the key factors to moving the nation's high-speed rail plans forward is the federal government's ability to meet important points raised by freight railroads. Some high-speed rail lines are being planned over existing freight tracks, and mutual agreements are key. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has indicated that the government is continuing negotiations and getting close to agreements. In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is reworking some of its stakeholder guidance and is consulting with the Association of American Railroads.

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