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U.S. readies plans for high-speed rail development ("broad and strategic")
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/09 | Lisa Lambert and John Crawley

Posted on 04/14/2009 6:23:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to unveil its plans on Thursday for accelerating development of high-speed rail, a concept that in the past has had mixed political support and little public funding.

"It will be broad and strategic," Karen Rae, acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday about the initiative described by officials as President Barack Obama's top transportation priority.

"It's going to talk about how we begin to create this new vision for high-speed and intercity rail," Rae said.

White House and transportation officials have spent the past several weeks weighing plans for developing at least six high-speed corridors.

High-speed rail initiatives are in various planning stages in California, Florida, Nevada, the Carolinas and the Northeast. States are already formulating how to use the large appropriation for high-speed rail projects in the economic stimulus act.

"Some of these plans are 20 years old," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an interview this week with Reuters Financial Television.

In February, Congress included $8 billion for rail development in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Obama has included another $5 billion for the efforts in the White House's proposed budget.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: development; highspeedrail; infrastructure; plans; readies; transportation

1 posted on 04/14/2009 6:23:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

how many tens of billions will taxpayers subsidize this each year?


2 posted on 04/14/2009 6:24:26 PM PDT by GeronL (tea parties quarterly until we get big enough to simply take over by force if necessary)
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To: NormsRevenge

The ghost of WillieGreen is pleased.


3 posted on 04/14/2009 6:24:35 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: NormsRevenge

Monorail, Monorail!!!! This will turn out like it did on the Simpsons; epic Fail!


4 posted on 04/14/2009 6:25:55 PM PDT by hugorand
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To: NormsRevenge

How about drilling for oil?
How about more power transmission facilities (power grids for us smart folks - towers with wires that carry electricity for the Obamaloon crowd).
How about a guarantee that the new rail systems will be better than Amtrak? (As if any looongroup guarantee would be believable.)


5 posted on 04/14/2009 6:26:10 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh goodie, another guy who makes the trains run on time. Just what we need.


6 posted on 04/14/2009 6:27:50 PM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: NormsRevenge

Will they name it Taggart Transcontinential?


7 posted on 04/14/2009 6:29:04 PM PDT by justsaynomore
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To: NormsRevenge

sure! let’s invest billions (or Trillions) int a rail line that can be taken out of service with a few well place terrorist bombs.

And let’s keep buying oil from Islam murderers too

Why do’t we just cut our own heads off for them?


8 posted on 04/14/2009 6:30:58 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: NormsRevenge

How many profitable rail lines are there in the U.S.? And now ‘da government’ thinks it would be wise to create more lines. Why not just take a hammer and hit yourself in the face with it lefties? It could help. All things being equal, if one thing doesn’t make sense to do and you do it anyway, who not something else?

Next they’ll be demanding auto makers stop making the larger safer profitable SUVs, and start making the smaller more dangerous unprofitable shoe-box size cars. Oh wait...


9 posted on 04/14/2009 6:32:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I am afraid to fly and that is the only reason why I would take a train or bus. 99% of people would rather fly or drive themselves in both short and long trips.


10 posted on 04/14/2009 6:32:23 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: NormsRevenge

SPEND, SPEND,SPEND,SPEND....


11 posted on 04/14/2009 6:32:50 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This will be every bit as cost effective and well managed as the “Big Dig” in Boston.


12 posted on 04/14/2009 6:35:09 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: NormsRevenge

I would love to see high-speed inter-city rail, but not from the government.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 6:39:22 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: GeronL

Hey, this is an investment for the future. I mean, just look at how successful Amtrak has been. A shining light in profitable public transportation.

Typical liberal double mindedness. They can brag about high speed rail without even mentioning Amtrak’s track record. And the MSM won’t ask about it either.


14 posted on 04/14/2009 6:40:58 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: hugorand

15 posted on 04/14/2009 6:43:47 PM PDT by zaphod3000
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To: NormsRevenge

High speed rail is not efficient for short, drivable distances, nor for long, flyable distances. In between those two extremes, it’s great.

That won’t matter to the planners, however, since high speed rail will be treated like most light rail applications: feathers in the caps of politicians.


16 posted on 04/14/2009 6:45:51 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Coal powered trains.


17 posted on 04/14/2009 6:51:05 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: GeronL
“how many tens of billions will taxpayers subsidize this each year?”

The tens of billions of taxpayer subsidies will not be spent on building this imaginary high speed rail system, it will be spent subsidizing lawyers who will be hired to bring suits against companies that want to build this system.

Lawsuit after lawsuit will be filed for environmental and land acquisition reasons.

This would be a nice payback by the Marxist pig to his lawyer friends ... and he gets the freebee of sounding like he is doing something to the braindead in this country and the “media”.

18 posted on 04/14/2009 6:55:09 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: NormsRevenge

Mass transit means you get to control AND RESTRICT the flow of the masses.

where people will go and which cities will die.

It also is about constrcution project corruption.


19 posted on 04/14/2009 7:07:05 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NormsRevenge

The slogan they ought to adopt:

Yesterday’s technology...today.


20 posted on 04/14/2009 7:07:57 PM PDT by George Smiley (They're not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. They're eating it straight out of the packet.)
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To: GeronL

“how many tens of billions will taxpayers subsidize this each year?”

Just look at Amtrak for a good example. Over $30 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies since 1971 and the route that is the best is only at 47% capacity.

The figure that freaked me out when I saw it was that Amtrak is federally subsidized to the tune of 210 dollars per passenger compared with 6 dollars for commercial airlines.


21 posted on 04/14/2009 7:22:31 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. - Thomas Paine)
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To: NormsRevenge

No need, no demand, nobody wants it, nobody will ride it.

In other words, it’s a perfect “shovel ready” project for the government.

Our Lords & Masters will force us to ride it by raising gasoline taxes to $4/gallon.


22 posted on 04/14/2009 7:44:28 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge
"High-speed rail development," subtitled "Thank you for your votes and contributions (and thank me for all the grief I had to go through to get them)."

A review of the property rolls for the land adjoining the proposed rights-of-way would doubtless prove instructive: case in point, H. Reid & Sons, Inc. and the $8 billion LAX-LAS "bullet train."

23 posted on 04/14/2009 7:48:52 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Memo to politicians: Don't worry about "shovel-ready." Worry about "pitchfork-ready.")
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