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HSR association reviews state of project funding


Earlier this month, US High Speed Rail Association (US HSR) officials, legislators, and business and civic leaders met in Orlando, Fla., for High Speed Rail 2010.

Hosted by US HSR, the conference was held to discuss the feasibility and process of building high-speed rail systems in Florida and several other states.

Speaking during a conference luncheon, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) — a senior member of the House Transportation Committee — suggested business leaders provide private funding for high speed rail projects to supplement planned federal stimulus funding. Mica also called on government agencies to set national standards for construction and logistics such as track, signaling and rail cars, to be followed by all states.

US HSR is planning a private CEO roundtable in Miami, Fla. April 16 to discuss public-private partnerships that could create a $100 billion fund to finance HSR systems throughout the country.

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