Bloomberg Supports Mica’s High Speed Rail Plan

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is supporting a Republican legislator’s plan to solicit proposals for high speed rail in the Northeast Corridor and other corridors around the nation.

A plan from U.S. Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., “demonstrates the kind of ambitious, pragmatic thinking about our future,” Bloomberg said. “Investing in modern mass transportation is critical to New York’s future, and all options should be on the table. No idea should be ignored or dismissed simply because it is ambitious. That is not how America’s greatest infrastructure marvels — from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Grand Coulee Dam — got built.

“Congressman Mica’s plan, which is included in the House Amtrak reauthorization bill, would solicit proposals — including proposals from the private sector — to build the high speed rail service,” Bloomberg added. “Those proposals would be evaluated and presented to Congress for further action. Soliciting and considering proposals is an important and necessary first step toward determining the feasibility of this initiative.”

— Railfanning.org News Wire