Amtrak's $117 billion plan to upgrade its Northeast Corridor to host high-speed trains is more urgent than the proposed 30-year time frame suggests. In an editorial, the Baltimore Sun advocates for putting more taxpayer money to work on high-speed rail. In Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley is throwing his support behind a plan to link the city's downtown and airport with high-speed rail. Meanwhile, the city council of Barstow, Calif., has proposed hiring a public relations firm to fight the state's plans for high-speed rail, and a blogger at The Economist expresses some doubts about high-speed rail's future.

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