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Railroads / China / Amtrak #1001298

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(On the high speed rail in China: Adrienne Mong) The Harmony Express, the new high speed rail system in China that connects Beijing and Shanghai, featured; scenes of the train and map shown. [CLSA China strategist Andy ROTHMAN†- explains how the system was built so quickly.] [CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles chief designer Yang HONG† {thru translator} – says our technology is imported from France and Germany.] [Beijing Jiaotong University Zhao JIAN†- says it’s an economic loss.] [CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles spokesman Zhang TIAN† {thru translator} – says we want to be like Americans.]

(Washington: Tom Costello) Why the US doesn’t have a better high speed rail system examined; details given about plans for a system in California and the need for a new network of rail lines; cost figures cited. [Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHOOD†- speaks of good, green jobs.] [Florida Governor Rick SCOTT†- says it would be too costly and the risk outweighs the benefits.] [Siemens Mobility president Oliver HAUCK†- speaks of jobs and new development.]

Williams, Brian;
Mong, Adrienne;
Costello, Tom

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