America’s Railroad to Nowhere

We know the US rail network is no match for trains in France or Japan. But Barack Obama’s plan for high-speed rail couldn’t even match that of Morocco or Uzbekistan.

Illustration by Joe O'Donnell

In 2009, Ray LaHood, Barack Obama’s transportation secretary, presented a report to Congress: Vision for High-Speed Rail in America. It set out a plan for the $8 billion allocated to high-speed rail construction under the post-crash American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project, one of Obama’s flagship policies, was supposed to remedy decades of […]

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