Mica questions high-speed rail grants

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WASHINGTON – Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida, who will likely head the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, says he wants to re-examine $10 billion in federal grants for high-speed train service, the Associated Press reported. He told the AP Nov. 3 that he believes high-speed trains are a good idea, but he doesn't agree with the projects selected by the Transportation Department for funding.

Mica complained that most of the projects weren’t truly high-speed trains like the trains in Europe and Asia. He also said that the Northeast is probably the only region in the United States with a population density great enough to financially support a high-speed rail network. “I am a strong advocate of high-speed rail, but it has to be where it makes sense,” Mica said. He said he wants to “refocus on several projects that could be a success, particularly in the Northeast corridor, which was almost totally neglected by the administration. “We’ll revisit all of those projects,” he told AP. Mica suggested possibly scaling back a Tampa-Orlando line in Florida to a line that runs between the Orlando airport and theme parks and tourist destinations in the Orlando area.
WASHINGTON – Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida, who will likely head the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, says he wants to re-examine $10 billion in federal grants for high-speed train service, the Associated Press reported. He told the AP Nov. 3 that he believes high-speed trains are a good idea, but he doesn't agree with the projects selected by the Transportation Department for funding.

Mica complained that most of the projects weren’t truly high-speed trains like the trains in Europe and Asia. He also said that the Northeast is probably the only region in the United States with a population density great enough to financially support a high-speed rail network. “I am a strong advocate of high-speed rail, but it has to be where it makes sense,” Mica said. He said he wants to “refocus on several projects that could be a success, particularly in the Northeast corridor, which was almost totally neglected by the administration. “We’ll revisit all of those projects,” he told AP. Mica suggested possibly scaling back a Tampa-Orlando line in Florida to a line that runs between the Orlando airport and theme parks and tourist destinations in the Orlando area.
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