Missouri plans to apply for federal funding to improve and install new high speed rail lines across the state, connecting two metropolitan areas.
According to an article by the Associated Press, Nixon's office said if the application is approved, upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City could be made right away. A longer-term proposal could also be made for a separate rail line dedicated to high-speed passenger service.
Several states have turned down funding for railway improvements and installation coming from the Recovery Act, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida, citing high costs of maintaining the rail lines after they are built.
The White House has posted plans for its high-speed railways on its website.
Could Missouri use improvements to its existing rail lines? Should a high-speed route be built from St. Louis to Kansas City, and would you use it?