Posts tagged "high-speed rail"

The insanity of high-speed rail.

California voters approved $10 billion for high-speed rail, but they’re now facing the stark reality: That’ll only cover less than one-tenth of the cost. Despite that revelation, California is determined to proceed. I didn’t expect this report from CNN’s Anderson Cooper, but he lays out the gruesome facts. Now, if only Gov. Pat Quinn, the... Read more »

What Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail will look like

Well, not actually. It’s a one-kilometer-long spur somewhere in Germany carrying a peat-hauling train. Speaking of high-speed rail and silliness, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is for it. But folks are questioning its value in Britain.

Cost of California high speed rail doubles.

Now it’s $98.5 billion over 20 years To put it in relative terms, O’Hare Airport expansion, once considered to be the nation’s most expensive public works project comes in at $15 billion to $20 billion (depending on whom you believe). Incredibly, though, its backers still say it can operate at a profit: The amount is... Read more »
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Public's view of "high-speed" rail: snore

The public’s view of the highly touted, outrageously expensive and totally cost-ineffective “high-speed” rail is as passionate as President Barack Obama, environmentalists and assorted ideologues want us to believe. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that, overall, 41% of Likely Voters favor the plan and 46% are opposed. (To see survey question wording, click... Read more »

NeoCon news and opinion

Because folks defined me a neoconservative before I knew what it was, I might as well make the most of it. Here’s today’s NeoCon News and Opinion briefing:  Three reasons why the high-speed rail lines linking Chicago and other cities won’t work. Congress still spending money it doesn’t have. The big jobs bill would cost about... Read more »

High-speed rail: slow and dumb

It looks nice, but… Just as polls show that Americans are increasingly worried about government living beyond its means, President Barack Obama goes and announces he’s shoveling out another $8 billion for high-speed rail that is neither high-speed nor smart. Blood-sucking politicians from Illinois wanted $4.5 billion of that, but had to settle for only... Read more »
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Common sense on high-speed rail

John McCarron, an urban affairs writer, consultant and educator, nails it in this Tribune op-ed column. McCarron asks why we are spending billions of dollars (yet to be borrowed, I assume) on studying and building high-speed rail service when so much more needs to be done for local mass transit. Compare the needs of CTA,... Read more »
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