Skip to comments.Crunching the numbers (high-speed rail)
Posted on 01/19/2011 5:12:50 PM PST by GrootheWanderer
I would never want to suggest that someone in government is playing fast and loose with the figures.
But when it comes to the Georgia Department of Transportations estimate that between 2.6 and 4 million people per year will ride some part of the proposed high-speed rail line between Chattanooga and Dalton, that is exactly what I am suggesting.
And, unfortunately, it is the states release of figures like these that prevent us from having a real debate on whether this rail line is even needed.
But first, lets look at the numbers.
According to Amtrak, about 28.7 million riders used its rail service during its 2010 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. That is its total ridership for the entire nation, including the busy Northeast corridor, where about 10.4 million people rode the rails between Washington, D.C., and Boston.
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High speed rail between Dalton and Chattanooga? Now there is a real appeal for mass transportation between two normally obscure towns in the country. Are they kidding me? I don’t even think Greyhound makes regular stops at Dalton. Sounds like some carpet magnate’s wife wants quick trips to go shopping in Choo Choo? Yea, right! When I lived in Chattanooga, Dalton was just another bump in the road on the trip to do some serious shopping in Atlanta.
Go buy a cart and a donkey...plenty of grass along the highway.
amtrak is a total waste. we need more airports, more light rail direct to airports instead like they have in Reagan and Hartsfield. It is a total joke that you can’t take a direct train to any of the airports in and around NYC. amtrak and the limo racket will never let it happen.
Where does the GA, department of transportation grow its weed, in a Marta warehouse. Strong sh**.
Willie Green should be here to proclaim the glories of this fishwrap of a study.
Didn’t the cheap owners of carpet mills in Dalton fire Americans and hire illegals?
I’ll be darned if ONE person in GA wants to ride this white elephant express train to nowhere.
Not even Willie Green could save it!
Willie Green is deeply saddend.
I miss him. He was a good foil.
Somebody’s gotta ping Willie Green over at TBF so he can see this thread.
Chattanoogas metro area is 518,000
Thats 551,000 people combined, not to mention the outlying areas.
I bet the entire NE corridor has more than 1.5 million people, because according to their math, the area around these 2 cities, with a population of 551,000 is going to provide 4 million riders or 500k x 8= 4m, meanwhile 10.4m people ride the NE corridor, 10.4m ÷ 8 =1.3m. Something somewhere doesn't seem right with the math.
Wha’ hoppen to ol’ Willie, anyway?
Gee, if we only knew someone who posts over there.
One day Willie took on JimRob with regard to publicly funded (heavily subsidized) rail and was told to stifle on the subject, but wouldn’t.
This thread is dedicated to the newly departed Willie green.
Check the link above and see our Box Car Willie in all of his glory!
106 posted on Sunday, December 19, 2010 12:46:37 AM by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.") [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 104 | View Replies]"
"Willie Green" -- the Eternal Pessimist...
Then he reappeared in his "Government Subsidized High Speed Rail Shill" guise...
I'll miss him -- if only because he was such a clearly-defined target for sarcasm and ridicule. So I'll "fly" this new tagline for a while in honor of Willie ("under a cloud") Green: