Commentary: Missouri should get on board with high-speed rail

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, railroad pioneers laid out tracks that galvanized Missouri.

Today, Missouri is helping lay the groundwork for high-speed rail, which promises to be the greatest advancement in our country’s transportation network since we built our interstate highways. Like the interstate, high-speed rail will boost our mobility and productivity.

Missouri is one of nine states working to create the Midwest Regional Rail System. This initiative, in development for 14 years, calls for a 3,000-mile regional network emanating from a hub in Chicago. Trains would operate at speeds of up to 110 mph to connect towns and cities along key 100- to 500-mile corridors — such as between Kansas City and St. Louis — using existing rail rights of way

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