Obama proposed a new initiative to develop a new HSR system for $53b Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail - Yahoo! News I personally believe that an HSR system is essential to the long-term health of the US economy. When the cost of gas exceeds $5/gallon and transportation costs become prohibitive, HSR will be the mode of choice. I support the initiative, especially when China has a brand new 300 mph HSR system China smashes high-speed rail record with 300MPH unmodified train run | Gadling.com So lets vote. IMHO this is like the interstate expressway system only better. I'm hoping it gets some of those big rigs off the roads. We need to start planning transportation 20, 30, even 50 years out so we don't get caught in a bad depression in the coming years.