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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Before the New York Times decided to charge e-readers, it ran an article dealing with a first for the U.S.—the High Speed Railway or HSR—which parallels in many respects a similar first in Brazil—the “Trem de Alta Velocidade” or TAV.

So far there are no such trains in either the U.S. or Brazil, but federal funding in both countries has, theoretically, enabled officials to begin work on a long, multi-spur HSR. Both countries were scheduled to begin construction in 2012 and finish in 2017. Guess . . .

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