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, according to a Baltimore Sun editorial that advocates for putting more taxpayer money to work on high-speed rail. Meanwhile, an Economist blog post suggests that tying high-speed rail to security, much the way the interstate highway system was emphasized in the 1950s, would help it to gain traction politically.

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