The Obama Administration has been perhaps the biggest proponent of high-speed rail of any presidential administration in history. While leaders like President Obama and Senator Dick Durbin (IL) have been outspoken advocates for an expansive high speed rail network that spans the country, there is still much more to be done on the federal level in order to make their vision a reality.
Particularly at the Congressional level, our elected leaders have failed time and again to approve the real investments it will take to bring the U.S. rail network into the 21st Century.
Too often, members of Congress have politicized the issue, roadblocking needed appropriations and focusing instead on expanding more fossil-fuel heavy modes of transportation.
To lay the basic groundwork for high speed rail, Congress needs to set aside at least $6.7 billion annually for infrastructure improvement projects across the country--but in truth, much more is needed.