At least 460 manufacturers across seven Midwestern states could benefit from new business that would come from high-speed rail routes being built out of Chicago, the Environmental Law & Policy Center said in a report last week. "What we're seeing is that old-line Rust Belt manufacturers are making the equipment for modern new railcars," said the group's director, Howard Learner. "It shows that the federal investment in high-speed rail modernization is good for manufacturing jobs, good for economic growth and good for the environment," he added.

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