The year is 2010. Hope and Change still lingers in the air. The water in Flint, Michigan is passably safe to drink. And Donald Trump doesn’t have a single pledged delegate to his name.This year saw $8 billion from the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated to dozens of so-called “high speed rail” projects across the country. The projects were said to be “shovel-ready” — and some were — but many are still ongoing, er, creating jobs today.The high-speed train money went to projects big and small, ranging from a few thousand dollars to spruce up a local Amtrak station to over $2 billion towards a TGV-style line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.Some projects focused on top and average speeds, others on congestion mitigation to help trains adhere to existing schedules.Some of these projects never got off the ground, killed by newly elected state governments. Some are complete, carrying passengers quicker and with fewer delays. Most are still ongoing or partly complete. Found on Rail DeadFlorida High Speed Corridor: On January 29, 2010, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in a rare joint town hall, announced the administration’s national higher-speed rail grant program in Tampa, Florida. The… Read full this story
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