A Vision for High Speed Rail in America

  • “Investing in our infrastructure, and investing in our transportation pays big dividends.”
  • “What we need is a smart transportation system equal to the needs of the 21st century, a system that reduces travel times and increases mobility, a system that reduces congestion and boosts productivity, a system that reduces destructive emissions and creates jobs…what we’re talking about is a vision for high speed rail in America.”

-President Barack Obama discussing the importance of a quality high speed rail system for America.

  • “Most other countries, that have addressed this issue, have adopted high speed rail as the next generation high capacity, fast link between their major cities.”
  • “We need to assess what 21st century transport links we are going to need”

-Transport Secretary Lord Adonis as he speaks about the transportation issues facing the United Kingdom over the next several years.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.