U.S. railroad official seeks Japan's help

May 16, 2009 at 5:13 PM

TOKYO, May 16 (UPI) -- An official of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has said she hopes Japan will help the United States build a high-speed railway network.

The comments by Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Chief Karen Rae come as the White House pushes for an American high-speed railway system to create jobs, conserve energy and reduce dependence on automobiles, Kyodo News reported Saturday.

"I think Japan is one of several very good systems that we're interested in looking at," Rae told Kyodo. "We're impressed with the breadth of technology and the accomplishments," she said, referring to the Shinkansen network.

Rae noted the Federal Railroad Administration has had a long relationship with Japan, "especially our technical and safety people have worked extensively to share technology and research and learn from each other."

She said the FRA is reaching out to "a number of countries that have success in high-speed rail."

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