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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Ever wondered what it feels like to travel 150 miles per hour?

That's what passengers on a proposed high-speed rail line will be traveling, if a plan connecting Tucson and Phoenix ever materializes.

The idea is still several years from this becoming a reality, but these new discussions are a step in the right direction. 

Why is it so important? Because Arizona's population is expected to double by the year 2050. If nothing is done to create transportation alternatives, congestion is going to slow Arizona traffic to a halt.

That's why Arizonans have until the end of May to voice their concern or support for a high-speed rail line that would connect Tucson and Phoenix.

The idea's been passed around for years though this is the first concrete proposal, complete with master plans, dollar estimates, even potential funding sources.

Funding for the high-speed rail won't come cheap. There are three possible plans that range from $3.6 billion to $7.9 billion.  ADOT has yet to secure funding for the project, though possibilities include state and federal backing and or public-private partnerships.

The proposed express train would travel approximately 150 miles per hour, getting commuters between downtown Tucson and north Phoenix in about 90 minutes. 

It remains to be seen if there will be stops at additional cities. That depends on which plan is approved and how much funding is ultimately secured.

ADOT is seeking input from the public on three high-speed rail routes that would connect Tucson and Phoenix.  There will be several public forums are being held across the state and Pima County over the next couple of months.

For more on the proposed rail line click here - http://www.azdot.gov/planning/CurrentStudies/PassengerRail/overview

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