The Resource High speed passenger rail : effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, statement of Susan A. Fleming

High speed passenger rail : effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, statement of Susan A. Fleming

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High speed passenger rail : effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate
Title
High speed passenger rail
Title remainder
effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate
Statement of responsibility
statement of Susan A. Fleming
Title variation
Effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects
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eng
Summary
This testimony discusses the implementation of high speed intercity passenger rail projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act). The $8 billion provided by the Recovery Act for high speed and other intercity passenger rail projects has focused more attention on and generated a great deal of anticipation about the possibility of developing high speed rail systems in the United States. These projects are seen by some as serving an important transportation role, by moving people quickly and safely, reducing highway and airport congestion, and being environmentally friendly. This testimony focuses on (1) the factors identified that affect the economic viability of high speed rail projects and (2) how the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) recent strategic plan incorporates those factors. While the potential benefits of high speed rail projects are many, these projects--both here and abroad--are costly, take years to develop and build, and require substantial up-front public investment, as well as potentially long-term operating subsidies. Determining which, if any, high speed rail projects may eventually be economically viable will rest on factors such as ridership potential, costs, and public benefits. FRA largely agrees with our March report. FRA's strategic plan for high speed rail outlines, in very general terms, how the federal government may invest the $8 billion in Recovery Act funds for high speed rail development. However, this plan does not establish clear goals for the federal government in high speed rail--other than establishing a "longer term goal of developing a national high speed intercity passenger rail network of corridors"--and does not define a clear federal role for involvement in high speed rail projects other than providing Recovery Act funds. As such, in our view, it is more a vision than a strategic plan. As part of a discussion to prepare for this hearing, FRA told us that it sees its strategic plan as a first step and that it intends to seek structured input from stakeholders and the public to help develop strategies to implement its vision
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Fleming, Susan A
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non fiction
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  • United States
  • United States
Series statement
Testimony
Series volume
GAO-09-786T
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  • United States.
  • High speed trains
  • High speed trains
  • High speed trains
  • Railroads
  • Railroads
  • Railroads
  • Federal aid to transportation
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High speed passenger rail : effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, statement of Susan A. Fleming
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on July 11, 2009)
  • "For release ... June 23, 2009."
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4 pages
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digital, PDF file.
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  • Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 7/11/09: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09786t.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
High speed passenger rail : effectively using Recovery Act funds for high speed rail projects : testimony before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, statement of Susan A. Fleming
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on July 11, 2009)
  • "For release ... June 23, 2009."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
4 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 7/11/09: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09786t.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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