Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 3.djvu/101

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PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 105 STAT. 1985 transportation, including a comparison of the safety (including dangers associated with grade crossings), energy efficiency, operational efficiencies, and environmental impacts of each system; "(B) an examination of the potential role of a United States designed maglev system, developed as a prototype under section 1036(b) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, in relation to the implementation of other high-speed ground transportation technologies and the national transportation system; "(C) an examination of the work being done to establish safety standards for high-speed ground transportation as a result of the enactment of section 7 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 1988; "(D) an examination of the need to establish appropriate technological, quality, and environmental standards for highspeed ground transportation systems; "(E) an examination of the significant unresolved technical issues surrounding the design, engineering, construction, and operation of high-speed ground transportation systems, including the potential for the use of existing rights-of-way; "(F) an examination of the effects on air quality, energy consumption, noise, land use, health, and safety as a result of the decreases in traffic volume on other modes of transportation that are expected to result from the full-scale development of high-speed ground transportation systems; and "(G) any other technical assessments the Secretary considers important for carrying out this section. "(e)(1) Within 12 months after the submission of the study required by subsection (d), the Secretary shall establish the national high-speed ground transportation policy (hereinafter in this section referred to as the 'Policy). "(2) The Policy shall include— "(A) provisions to promote the design, construction, and operation of high-speed ground transportation systems in the United States; "(B) a determination whether the various competing highspeed ground transportation technologies can be effectively integrated into a national network and, if not, whether 1 or more such technologies should receive preferential encouragement from the Federal Government to enable the development of such a national network; "(C) a strategy for prioritizing the markets and corridors in which the construction of high-speed ground transportation systems should be encouraged; and "(D) provisions designed to promote American competitiveness in the market for high-speed ground transportation technologies. "(3) The Secretary shall solicit comments from the public in the development of the Policy and may consult with other Federal agencies as appropriate in drafting the Policy.". (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—The analysis for chapter 3 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 308 the following: "309. High-speed ground transportation.". (d) FUNDING.—