Skip to comments.High-Speed Rail Projects Often Derail
Posted on 11/03/2011 1:49:59 PM PDT by MichCapCon
Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday in a speech at the Michigan Rail Summit proposed a vision for making Detroit the hub for a rail system serving North America as reported by the MIRS Capitol Capsule (subscription required). He envisions a rail freight and passenger system that would connect Montreal to Detroit to Chicago to St. Louis.
The symposium was sponsored by the Michigan Environmental Council. Chris Kolb, a former Democratic state lawmaker who is president of the MEC, was enthusiastic about the governors remarks, stating: This is huge. If we do this right we will really start to rebuild Michigans economy. It seems like we have heard that refrain before, extolling the economic virtue of green and mass transit projects only to be disappointed later when it does not quite work out the way government planners envisioned.
Before Michigan legislators get too excited about passenger rail projects, they might want to look at Californias ongoing experiment with high-speed rail. The Los Angeles Times reports that the estimated costs to complete the high speed rail linking Southern California to the Bay Area has ballooned from $43 billion to $98.5 billion and will not be completed until 2033, some 13 years later than originally scheduled.
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RIP Willie Green
Uh, Deetroyet is not exactly at the center of the nation.
I'd suggest Omaha, North Platte, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Saint Louis, Chicago or somesuch.
High Speed Rail as featured on the Simpsons! Need I say more!
The Los Angeles Times reports that the estimated costs to complete the high speed rail linking Southern California to the Bay Area has ballooned from $43 billion to $98.5 billion and will not be completed until 2033, some 13 years later than originally scheduled.California's high speed rail is a solution looking for a problem to solve. You'd really think that enough people wanted to travel between the Bay Area and Southern California, airline companies would have already established flights between those areas. </sarcasm>
I thought I heard he was doing a good job up in Michigan and he throws his support behind THIS boondoggle!?!
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul..
Lets just say he’s good in the sense that he signs the things that are set to his desk without a fight. He’s a full on liberal but “mostly” keeps it to himself.
He did recently sign a partial birth abortion ban.
Gov. Rick Snyder - Building A Bridge to the 19th Century.
The French-Canadians may have their quirks, but I can assure the governor of Michigan that they no more want to take a train to Chicago or St. Louis then any of the rest of us do.
This train-mania is really absurd. People look at America's history, see how the railroads spurred economic growth and assume it can happen again. It's almost as if those who know history doom themselves to repeat it.
God, thanks for the great post. I knew Willie had been gone for a while, I just didn’t know when and why.
I was always one to chase Willie around just to get him worked up, but he pissed off the boss, such a dope.
Yeah I enjoyed getting him fired up too but he played chicken with the wrong Viking Kitty.
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