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Not this time: State shut out in bid for rail funding

Not this time: State shut out in bid for rail funding


The Oklahoman Editorial

Published: February 4, 2010

The Obama administration chose not to send any stimulus money Oklahoma’s way for a high-speed rail plan, and so we’ll have to continue relying on cars and trucks to get us from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, instead of riding a bullet train. Is anyone really surprised by this?

Obama wants high-speed rail to become viable in the United States, as it is in parts of Europe and Japan. Last week the administration doled out $8 billion to advance this cause. Oklahoma had raised its hand, requesting one-fourth of that total, but got zilch.

Projects in Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Ohio were selected. California, which wants to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco, received about $2.25 billion. With another $40 billion or so, California will have the money it needs to make that dream a reality... FULL ARTICLE

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