The U.S. Congress and President Obama have made high-speed rail (HSR) a key component of our nation’s transportation future by including $8 billion for HSR in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The president has committed to request $1 billion a year for the next five years for HSR in the budgets he will present to Congress.

This presents the West with an opportunity to invigorate our economy, create thousands of jobs, and improve our environment and our collective quality of life.

The Western High-Speed Rail Alliance shares a common vision of future high-speed rail infrastructure serving the region with links to other regions that will provide efficient, cost-effective rail operations for passenger and freight customers, enhancing economic growth through reduced air, rail and highway congestion. The long-term goal of creating infrastructure in the Rocky Mountain region is vital to the realization of an intercontinental high-speed rail system.