Feds to push for high-speed train between NYC and Washington
Proposals are being sought for high-speed rail service between New York and Washington, federal officials are expected to announce tomorrow.
The Transportation Department will seek bids and may consider a private operator, an idea championed by Rep. John Mica (R-Florida), the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mica is scheduled to attend the announcement at Penn Station, along with Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has endorsed the plan.
The new service would cut down travel time between the two cities to two hours, its advocates say.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York), who is also on the committee, has balked at the notion of a private operator running the line.
In May, when Micas plan was first floated, Bloomberg said: Investing in modern mass transportation is critical to New Yorks future, and all options should be on the table.