By Keith Laing - 05/30/12 09:27 PM EDT
But the money was rejected by three prominent Republican governors, and GOP members in the House moved successfully last year to eliminate future funding for high-speed rail.
Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have argued that high-speed rail only makes sense in the densely populated Northeast U.S.
However, organizers of the high-speed rail conference in Philadelphia are promising "the world’s largest global gathering focused around successful strategies, latest developments, best practices and innovative technologies in high-speed rail."
The event will be sponsored by the International Union of Railways; the American Public Transportation Association; Amtrak; the Association of American Railroads; the Department of Transportation; the FRA and VIA Rail Canada.