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Tom Hart Serves as Literary Agent and Advisor on New High Speed Rail Book

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Thomas A. Hart Jr., the firm's Director of Government Relations in the Washington, D.C. office, served as literary agent and advisor for the high speed rail industry's first, most comprehensive and full illustrated book, Fast Trains - America's High Speed Future.

Fast Trains was inspired in part by of the surge of popularity, interest and ridership in rail travel as Americans overwhelmingly support advancements and investment in public transportation. In many countries, people are travelling by high-speed trains at 186 miles per hour and higher. They are escaping the woes of long automobile commutes, gridlocked traffic, and the indignities of post-9/11 air travel and, instead, experiencing levels of convenience, comfort, amenities, and service not available to automobile and air travelers.

The book also focuses on the vast economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of having a world-class high-speed rail system throughout America. Fast Trains foretells a bright future for high-speed rail through the use of vignettes that compare trips by automobile or airplane in the United States with high-speed rail trips elsewhere.

"I am pleased to be a part of this exciting project," said Hart. "This book serves as a source of information about the benefits and importance of developing a national rail network in America. It will educate and inspire students and elected officials to advocate and support high speed rail as a viable and efficient mode of public transportation."

The publication team consists of two high-speed rail advocates, author Emy Louie, director of public outreach for the United States High Speed Rail Association ("USHSR"), and Thomas Hart, partner at Quarles & Brady and advocate for high-speed rail policy and legislation for USHSR, veteran marketing communication expert and president of Bolts Creative, co-author Nancy Bolts, and Bruce Johnson, award-winning photographer, story designer and former correspondent for the New York Times and the Associated Press.

"Our goal is to remind the American public of the importance of this issue," said Louie. "We know a book is an effective way to really speak to people, and I'm confident in our team of experts to reach out to the public."

About United States High Speed Rail Association 
USHSR is the only organization in America focusing entirely on advancing a state-of-the-art national high speed rail network across the country. Their mission is to build widespread public, business, and political support for a major investment in a national high speed rail network. They are an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association chartered to organize and mobilize the industry with a shared vision for a 21st century, 17,000 mile national high speed rail system built in phases for completion by 2030.

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