With his plan for high speed rail, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is doing something rare in Congress these days: proposing an imaginative, credible solution to one of our nation’s chronic problems.
The problem, as anyone living in the Sixth District can attest, is the absence of a sane, sustainable public transportation system.
The plan would invest $205 billion over five years through public-private partnerships that catalyze state and local matches. It works on three levels:
Jobs and growth. We’re going to need a much better public transportation system as we recover from a devastating pandemic. Building 21st-century infrastructure provides short-term stimulus with long-term benefits to economic growth and competitiveness.
Environment: Climate change demands that we move away from travel that depends on fossil fuels. Electrified high-speed rail can be an important step in that direction.
American Leadership: China, Europe, and other nations are investing big in high speed rail. Their economies will be more nimble and efficient as a result. The US risks falling behind if we continue to let our antiquated rail networks languish.
Our nation’s elected leaders should get behind Congressman Moulton’s bold plan for high speed rail.
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