Freeways once captured the American imagination as the nation worked to modernize its transportation system. Today, according to Robert Cruickshank and Daniel Krause of Californians For High Speed Rail, the focus is on high-speed rail. By curbing the country's dependence on foreign oil, stimulating the economy and connecting midsized and large urban areas, high-speed rail promises some of the same gains that highways once afforded, they note. "High-speed rail will do for us what the Interstate did," Cruickshank and Krause write.

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