Does the United States/North America currently have the industrial capabilities, technologies, and expertise to design, construct, and operate such a project?

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For the infrastructure, the answer is yes. We are already doing rail electrification projects, on a much smaller scale, as we incrementally upgrade the passenger-rail-focused electrification of the Northeast Corridor. What is lacking is the funding to scale up.


For the rolling stock, the first locomotives would likely be imported from Europe or China, but if and when the first Steel Interstate corridor proves to be a success and more states get in on the act, some existing electric locomotive manufacturers may assemble their locomotives here if the scale of the market justifies it.

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