Amid congressional budget cuts and gubernatorial backlash, President Obama's
goal to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail by 2035 is at risk of, ahem
, never leaving the station. That was the topic of discussion on this morning's edition of The Takeaway
, a nationally syndicated public radio news show. Joining hosts John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee was Andrea Bernstein, director of Transportation Nation
, a public radio reporting project.
"High-speed rail has been one of the canaries in the coalmine of government spending" says Bernstein. "When there was an opportunity to make a stand in Congress, it's one of the first programs that went."
So, is all hope for stateside high-speed rail lost? "The earliest analysis coming out of the House was that the program was killed entirely...but, there is a little bit of money." As it turns out, the DOT
still has about $2 billion in rejected funds to reallocate through the end of the year.
Listen to the segment in its entirety: