More than half of the $10.4 billion awarded to states to build high-speed rail is actually earmarked for rail that will run at much slower speeds, The New York Times reports. While the U.S. High Speed Rail Association pushed for a nationwide, 17,000-mile network of bullet trains at a conference this week, anti-rail proclamations continue from newly elected officials opposed to the project. True high-speed trains would run at more than 150 mph; several of the projects predict more conventional speeds, around 80 mph.

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