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Oregon recently received 9 million dollars from the federal government for high speed rail projects. A new report from the student advocacy group OSPIRG says those projects would boost the northwest economy.

Much of the federal money is to help design a high-speed rail track from Vancouver, Canada to Eugene. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy co-chairs a committee studying the project, along with John Russell of the Oregon Transportation Commission. Piercy believes a high speed train would bring jobs to the area.

Piercy: "Not only short term jobs in building, but longer term jobs in operations and maintenance and all those kinds of things. If there's something that has an opportunity for this country right now that could bring jobs back to America, I would say rail is one that has huge potential."

The OSPIRG report is titled: "High Speed Rail around the World and its Promise for America". It looks at how other nations have benefited economically from fast trains.

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By Rachael McDonald

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