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Republicans target high-speed rail for cuts
SFGate.com ^ | 1/24/11 | Carolyn Lochhead

Posted on 01/24/2011 1:30:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge

California's hugely ambitious and futuristic high-speed rail project will be front and center of the coming showdown between President Obama and House Republicans who are hell-bent on cutting domestic spending.

Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow, 6 p.m. PST, will lay out his plan to protect "investment" spending from the GOP axe: specifically infrastructure, energy, education and R&D...

.. The conservative Republican Study Committee proposed a list of $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. Rail projects are near the top: the RSC would eliminate Amtrak subsidies and all inter-city and high-speed rail grants.

Bankrupt California has already collected nearly $4 billion in federal money for a project that is expected to cost at least $42 billion (critics predict that will double). Approved by voters in 2008, the project would link San Francisco and Sacramento with Los Angeles and San Diego via the Central Valley. The first link between Bakersfield and Fresno is supposed to break ground in 2012.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: amtrak; cuts; highspeedrail; republicans; target

1 posted on 01/24/2011 1:30:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

((((Snicker))))


2 posted on 01/24/2011 1:31:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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NO “train to nowhere”? I’m stuned !!

Those evil Republicans. ;-)


3 posted on 01/24/2011 1:32:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

No brainer, but Dems will fight it. It’s over here in California.


4 posted on 01/24/2011 1:33:32 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: cripplecreek

The best thing anyone could have done was build a dang line from Vegas to Los Angeles quick .. bUt NooOOOOoo,, we had to build this monstrosity.. bid on and built by foreigners, owned and run by foreign entities.


5 posted on 01/24/2011 1:35:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Poor old willie green, he would be beside himself.


6 posted on 01/24/2011 1:49:06 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: NormsRevenge
If a train from LA to Vegas was such a winner the casinos would have built it a long time ago.

There are two things to look at before investing in rail in this country. First, look at the reason rail is successful in other countries. Second look at why we used to have widespread rail in this country and then it dwindled down to a taxpayer supported pet project of a few members of Congress with a train fetish.

My guess would be that trains in Europe are used because it is easier/cheaper than operating a car. In Japan it is because trains are usually faster than the nation wide parking lot they call highways. In the United States trains were taken out by the extensive freeway system and cheap air travel. The places where local rail works is because of city traffic and parking problems. Even then a lot of those systems are supported by massive subsidies.

As I say all this please know that I really like commuting by rail. It is a very relaxing way to travel, vice fighting traffic. Unfortunately, there are few places in this country where rail works. Even where it does they need to bring some Japanese in to show them how to make if faster. I hate the D.C. Metro system. It is incredibly slow.

7 posted on 01/24/2011 1:50:51 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://geography.about.com/od/populationgeography/a/popdensity.htm

* North America - 32 people per square mile
* South America - 73 people per square mile
* Europe - 134 people per square mile
* Asia - 203 people per square mile
* Africa - 65 people per square mile
* Australia - 6.4 people per square mile


8 posted on 01/24/2011 1:53:54 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: NormsRevenge

The CONSERVATIVE Republican Study Committee.....I wonder how often this “writer” refers to the LIBERAL anything??!!


9 posted on 01/24/2011 1:54:05 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: org.whodat

Tie Willie Green to the (light rail or HS rail) tracks.


10 posted on 01/24/2011 2:23:32 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Huskrrrr

I sure hope that they kill the one here in Fl from Tampa to Orlando.

So far every reliable study has shown this to be a tax eating boondoggle, the only arguement for it has been “It will create jobs, it will increase tourism”

No one will use it, Fl is a car state. BTW the thing is to be built right next to I-4 so why should I take the train?


11 posted on 01/24/2011 2:51:58 PM PST by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Mongo, why would Hedley Lamarr care about where the choo-choo goes?


12 posted on 01/24/2011 3:25:09 PM PST by SmithL
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To: org.whodat
Poor old willie green, he would be beside himself.

I'm so glad he's gone. He was a fascist calling himself a conservative.

13 posted on 01/24/2011 6:34:53 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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