High Speed Rail Supporters Rally in Duluth

Dec 8, 2012 Full story: WDIO 146

Students from the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group in Duluth and the Twin Cities joined forces Saturday to host a "Rolling Press Conference" to raise awareness about the proposed Northern Lights Express high speed rail between Duluth and Minneapolis.

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digger

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 9, 2012
Yeah, that's what we need..... An expensive, SUBSIDIZED, high-speed transportation line from the twin cities to Duluth so the DOPERS and all of the other social freaks can travel quickly on the taxpayers' dime.
Casey Jones

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 9, 2012
"High speed" train to Duluth? The propsed train will take 2-1/2 hours to get there. That's the same amount of time it takes to drive to Duluth. Amtrak shut down their service to Duluth because of the lack of ridership. Nothing has changed. How will people get around the Twin Ports after they get off the train? What a waste of money just researching the issue.
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Dec 10, 2012
If you clowns had your ways we'd stilt be commuting with a horse and buggy.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#4 Dec 10, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
If you clowns had your ways we'd stilt be commuting with a horse and buggy.
YES WE CAN!

Just what the State of MN needs is another light rail boondoggle that will never pay for itself.

The train has failed more than once btwn Mpls and Duluth. What makes anyone think that it will succeed this time?

Oh, yeah. I forgot. We can do it with subsidies where the Feds give free money to MN to build this thing. I think they fund 50% of it so it is very cheap for the citizens of MN. Something like $4 billion the State pays and $4 billion the Feds pay.

Now, I wonder where the Fed gets their $4 billion to give to Minnesota for FREE?

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#5 Dec 10, 2012
If I understood the article correctly, the light rail would be mainly for the benefit of students going home for the weekends and it takes about the same amount of time as travelling by car. Did I get that right? While I love the idea of mass transit, this seems like an unnecessary expenditure. If the end game is reducing the carbon footprint of 'thousands' of students returning home to the Cities each weekend, wouldn't it just be cheaper to sponsor greyhound buses for that purpose? I'm trying to picture a light rail system opening up the North Shore and the Iron Range for expansion and growth, but I'm just not seeing it.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#6 Dec 10, 2012
Electric Buses, Bus Lanes, Truck Lanes, Electric Trucks.

No subsidy for the Commuter, 100% of the cost of the ride paid by the "User", not by her neighbor.

What a radical concept!....Pay your own way.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#7 Dec 10, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
If you clowns had your ways we'd stilt be commuting with a horse and buggy.
If America does not reverse the Collectivization that is the mantra of the Ignorant Left, a Horse and Buggy will become a luxury item after you Sheeple destroy the country with your ignorance and narcissism!
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Dec 10, 2012
But But But,

Consider the North Star rail line.

You know the one serving the norh suburbs that can't get riders even if they give free rides.

Oh they blame the Twins bad season for failed ridership, does that mean the North Star is a Twins relatd product. All we need is more BILLIONS supporting the failed Twins. All the need is a new stadium

Who can a Libertard controlled government be controlled?

There is NO DOUBT if a rail line is built to Duluth it will be a complete failure just like NorthStar. NorthStar only cost $325,000,000 or 1/3 of a BILLION. But it created JOBS!!

Duluth's population has been going down it's a hell whole. Ask someone who has lived there, it's a industrial town with visiting sailors messing it up and throw in a couple of DFL perverts and walla Duluth.

There is absolutly NO HOPE for controlled spending with DFL in charge of Minnesota.

Bend over and apply KY because the tax man is comming!!!
Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Dec 10, 2012
ZenBirdist wrote:
If I understood the article correctly, the light rail would be mainly for the benefit of students going home for the weekends and it takes about the same amount of time as travelling by car. Did I get that right? While I love the idea of mass transit, this seems like an unnecessary expenditure. If the end game is reducing the carbon footprint of 'thousands' of students returning home to the Cities each weekend, wouldn't it just be cheaper to sponsor greyhound buses for that purpose? I'm trying to picture a light rail system opening up the North Shore and the Iron Range for expansion and growth, but I'm just not seeing it.
A new concept for cars is needed.

Construct them with hitches front and rear and hook them togeather making a long train and pull them with a semi tractor. Semis get like 10 MPG so if 10 cars were towed by one semi the MPG would be 100 MPG. 10 2,000 pound cars is only 20,000 pounds so a semi could tow a car train of 40 cars yeilding an effective per vehicle MPG of 400 MPG.

Allowing drivers to sit in comfort/security of their own vehicles, don't know about heat/AC, minor implementation details.

I can't imagine the creative activities a bunch of college punks could come up with, crawling from car to car spreading STDs etc.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#10 Dec 10, 2012

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#11 Dec 10, 2012
WDRussell wrote:
if the market will support it, great. Do it. But do it with private dollars, not tax dollars.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#12 Dec 10, 2012
Like NASA, right ?? LMAOROTFU~!

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#13 Dec 10, 2012
Slewpid people don't know the difference between government subsidized transportation that does not pay off and NASA. They also don't realize how many every day marvels are byproducts of space research such as velcro, carbon conposites, adhesives, etc etc etc.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#14 Dec 10, 2012
Transportation is important and you're a moron...My NASA point is we subsidize public works all the time, try to be a real man and NOT TWIST WORDS....
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 10, 2012
Now as much as I am in favor of having more people from Duluth visit the cities to spend all that money they have, won't this just open up an opportunity for Superior people to come down to the cities? Do we really want to enable them more?
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#16 Dec 10, 2012
You lie, try another moniker...
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Dec 10, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
You lie, try another moniker...
Where is my c-note biggie schmalls?
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#18 Dec 10, 2012
Where is the wager ??? Poor child, try as you might, you're a moron.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#19 Dec 10, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
<quoted text>
A new concept for cars is needed.
Construct them with hitches front and rear and hook them togeather making a long train and pull them with a semi tractor. Semis get like 10 MPG so if 10 cars were towed by one semi the MPG would be 100 MPG. 10 2,000 pound cars is only 20,000 pounds so a semi could tow a car train of 40 cars yeilding an effective per vehicle MPG of 400 MPG.
Allowing drivers to sit in comfort/security of their own vehicles, don't know about heat/AC, minor implementation details.
I can't imagine the creative activities a bunch of college punks could come up with, crawling from car to car spreading STDs etc.
Well, now that's some creative thinking! I wonder if the schools up north are offering any kind of carpool options to help the kids get back home on the weekends? Or better yet, are the students themselves organizing their own carpools?

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#20 Dec 10, 2012
As expected, Slwepid missed my point that you can't compare the ROI from NASA with a boondoggle train that has already failed a number of times and will likely become a big "party barge" for a bunch of college students. If they want to drive to the cities every weekend let them carpool.

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