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Discussions Heat Up Over High Speed Rail

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By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA headquarters was the location of a public scoping open house and hearing Monday evening on a future plan for a 220-mile an hour speed train along the Northeast Corridor.

Comments from the public and elected officials will be taken into account, mulled over and then released as a tentative plan in the spring of 2015. The ultimate plan will be set into place 15 years later. Many locals want 30th Street in the plan.

Kevin Thompson, of the Federal Railroad Association, says that option will be taken into account.

“There are definitely folks that think that’s possible, and there are definitely folks that think there should be an alternative stop. That’s going to be part of the analysis of the study, but it’s really a decision that we’re looking to local leaders to be able to talk about what a preferred option might be.”

Thompson says the ultimate design could make it possible for Philadelphians to get to New York City in 37 minutes.

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