The eight billion initial investments in the high-speed rail are expected to produce about 320,000 jobs and roughly thirteen billion dollars in economic benefit. These include construction and operation jobs, as well as manufacturing and supply chain options. By increasing mobility while decreasing crowding and spreading, high-speed rail makes our country more competitive while simultaneously creating economic development. The High Speed Rail could boost the economy and could provide alternate transportation, therefore it should be built.
Generally, some might argue, that although it is a boost in the economy it takes thousands of acres from farmers. This is true, but economic impacts seen across the country show local projects can have big benefits on the surrounding area, while regional efforts are likely to generate a ripple effect. When a seventeen million renovation happened in the Milwaukee Intermodal Station it was projected to increase land values around the station by $227 million dollars and create 3,000 new jobs in the Milwaukee area, according to multi-state economic impact study (Mahoney). And congress’ “Buy America” program ensures that high-speed rail lines and trains will be built and operated using items made by American Industries. Immediately after the high-speed rail funding announcement, more than thirty rail manufactures and supplies committed to establish or expand their United States operations if they are chosen to build America’s next generation high-speed trains. So if we build the High-Speed Rail shouldn’t we expect the same results in California?
Furthermore, the high-speed rail network could mean twenty-nine million fewer car trips and 500,000 fewer plane flights annually, according to a 2006 study (Tutton). That would save 6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road annually. The High-Speed Rail reduces our dependence on foreign oil, protects the environment and is an ecologically responsible way to use land and natural resources. Additional passengers or baggage do not increase the amount of pollution generated by rail travel.
In addition, the rail line will take you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. In fact, the proposed speed of the rail line will be 220 mph, which is comparable to trains that run on Japan’s high speed rail system (Lagos). With the high speed rail travel from L.A. to Irvine will only take thirty minutes, or from L.A. to San Diego it will only take an hour. And you won’t have to deal with the traffic once you get into city limits. It’ll likely help support the development of transportation infrastructure. The governors already signed legislation to develop the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (infill), which has benefited from and feeds right into proposition 1A top build the high speed rail, a good step toward building the base for new local rail lines (Lagos). It will help to further stimulate the growth of...