New England states pursue joint plan to revamp rail system

A 20-year transportation proposal to renovate more than 500 miles of passenger rail throughout New England is anticipated to increase speed between stations while unclogging some of the region's congested highways. Full Story
brk

Springfield, MA

#2 Aug 1, 2010
so ridership is up from two people to three people?

$50 million for new ties and signs?

high speed rail will require an economic demand (of which there is absolutely none) and private investment. this is exactly why there is no active rail investment, except for the statist attempt to MAKE it happen, which is a proven economic fail.

obamas money would be just as productive, if not more, by using it to fire up the gasrbage incinerator electric plants with it.

collectivist, statist projects such as this railroad joke are EXACTLY what is wrong in the US right now. it has all been proven to fail again and again. in fact, europe is now running away from it, as they have AGAIN proven its capacity to completely fail.

groveling for federal money. how pathetic. this anti capatalist experiment is crashing and burning.

novemebr cannot come soon enough. vote these cronies and croooks out. they are all stealing us blind, and bankrupting our children and grandchildren.
Joe

Chester, VT

#3 Aug 1, 2010
it beats having to drive their kids to Yale or Harvard, they can just throw them on a train. They should just call it the college student shuttle system.

The prices are so high people traveling in groups are better off taking a car, it's a lot cheaper per person to drive than take a train.
Gweaselstomper

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 5, 2010
Well of course this is true for airfare too isn't it? The idea is to reduce single occupant vehicles, if you are willing to ride with others, you can save money in your car. If everyone drives, the roads get clogged up.
brk

Springfield, MA

#5 Aug 5, 2010
Gweaselstomper wrote:
Well of course this is true for airfare too isn't it? The idea is to reduce single occupant vehicles, if you are willing to ride with others, you can save money in your car. If everyone drives, the roads get clogged up.
well, air travel is not a federally funded boondoggle like rail is. ridership has sukced for decades. but the current regime wills it, so it will be, even if 80% of our sociewty knows it is completely ridiculous to dump gazillions of dollars into a proven loser, rail travle in the US. I would prefer a 5 hour ride to NYC, not a smelly 8 hour ride.(8 hours is being generous, it's closer to a day)

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