Sourch-speed rail is an inner-city train service that President Barack Obama hopes to implement in the near future. Its purpose is to allow travelers the ability to ride a train from major city to major city at speeds toppling over 100 miles per hours, eliminating the hassles associated with flying, such as checked luggage, delays, and running to reach the correct terminal in time. The President has promised $8 billion in federal investment for the project, along with $5 billion more by 2014.
Skeptics of the President’s plan have stated that this type of project would cost far more than the $13 billion he is promising, with the total nearing $400 billion to complete the rail system to connect major American cities. The “bullet train” that was in the process of being developed to connect Miami and Tampa via Orlando (a 320 mile rail) was estimated to cost around $25 billion, a cost twice the amount Obama has set aside for the entire United States.
Supporters of President Obama’s plan for high speed rails argue that the speed of the rail, along with the no hassle way of traveling, will allow travelers to make their way to their destination in a much more timely and efficient manner. Supporters also argue that the rails are not intended to travel distances from Los Angeles to New York city, but rather to use them in areas such as the Midwest, California, and Florida where the rails would provide relief for a congested public transportation system. The plan will also cut the American dependence on oil and eliminate 3 million tons of emissions from being pumped into the atmosphere annually.