Biden announces $53 billion high-speed rail plan
February 8th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden announces $53 billion high-speed rail plan

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is proposing to spend $53 billion over the next six years to help promote the construction of a national high-speed, intercity passenger rail network, Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday.

The proposal represents a significant expansion of the $10.5 billion already spent on high-speed rail expansion since Obama entered office, including $8 billion in the 2009 economic stimulus package.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Refascistican

    This is great news. High speed rail is long overdue in the U.S. Where isn't the U.S. falling behind the rest of the industrialized world?

    February 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    A bloated, soon to be subsidized, boondogle, to be sure.

    February 8, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. kat

    Spend Spend Spend! Just where do these clowns think they are going to get the money? Stop spending! Now is not the time to spend on a stupid high speed rail, Now is not the time to start bailing out bankrupt states. They don't have a clue what it's like in the real world where you have to actually WORK for a living and not just spend everyone elses money.

    February 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans need to be reminded that, under Bush, in the summer of 2008, gasoline was over $4 a gallon. When the GOP bootlickers to the oil industry are finished, we will not be able to afford to drive. High priced republican foreign oil, that would make high speed rails pretty important.

    February 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. jd

    another waste by the obama administration, you voted for change, but u didnt think the kind he takes from your pocket and spends on useless stuff

    February 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Marcus

    Trains can face many problems that airplanes don't (and vice-versa), but can also transport much more people and for less. Not to mention what else they can transport. Invest in them is to invest in infrastructure, something that the previous administration wasn't very good at.

    February 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    This is fiscal irresponsibility. High speed rail is all about political egos, not wise investment. The Obama Administration is so out of touch with Americans this is the kind of crap they dream up. Did they not hear our message in 2010? Get control of spending!

    February 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. gt

    why in the world do all america have to pay for this... let the riders pay ,... enough is enough....

    February 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Nyak C. Gala

    This is a great idea, though I am not even American I always find myself so interested in their country as I do have many friends there. How interesting is that. I am sure that President Obama and the rest of the people would have to vote on that sometime soon.

    February 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    So these imbeciles think we aren't losing enough money on Amtrak??!! We don't have the money and NOBODY is screaming for this!! The Democrats are truly out to lunch. Morelike laying the tracks to financial ruin for the country. These people must be removed from office ASAP.

    February 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Namelionel

    I think it great technolgy evolution

    February 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |