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High Speed Rail Put on Fast Track (Michigan)
Dearborn Press & Guide ^ | 5/12/11

Posted on 05/12/2011 12:24:59 PM PDT by sand lake bar

DETROIT — The federal government on Monday awarded Michigan roughly $200 million toward a high-speed rail project that within three years is expected to shave 30 minutes off of a trip from Detroit to Chicago.

The grant was part of a 15-state, $2 billion disbursal that ties into President Barack Obama’s broader goal of connecting 80 percent of Americans to high-speed rail in 25 years.

The majority of Michigan’s funding will go to the development of a 135-mile, high-speed stretch between Dearborn and Kalamazoo, part of the federally designated “high-speed corridor” between Detroit and Chicago. Maximum speeds on the stretch would reach 110 mph.

(Excerpt) Read more at pressandguide.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: mi; rail; train; willie
Michigan's GOP governor took the money that Florida rejected.
1 posted on 05/12/2011 12:25:01 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar

The train to nowhere...

I hope it’s bulletproof.


2 posted on 05/12/2011 12:26:04 PM PDT by TSgt ("Some folks just need killin'" - Sling Blade (2006))
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To: sand lake bar

Oh’ and Willie Green is smiling down from the great ozone in the sky...


3 posted on 05/12/2011 12:26:56 PM PDT by TSgt ("Some folks just need killin'" - Sling Blade (2006))
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To: sand lake bar

He’s been better than expected but this is stupid. The damn train can’t even leave the state and won’t be any faster than current scamtrak.


4 posted on 05/12/2011 12:27:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: sand lake bar

So people can flee Detroit even faster?


5 posted on 05/12/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: sand lake bar

According the internet (which is never wrong), it’s a 5-6 hour drive.

The train will knock 30 minutes off that.

Spend how much to knock 30 minutes off a 5-6 hour drive?


6 posted on 05/12/2011 12:30:43 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Ron Paul is a RINO--Rational In Name Only)
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To: sand lake bar

just what we need....a train to the ghetto with no riders.....


7 posted on 05/12/2011 12:31:39 PM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: sand lake bar

Rail projects?
Rail Projects?
We got rail projects!
Scratch the surface of this little exclusive lotto ticket called “light rail” in Hampton Roads...
Rail Projects.

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/light-rail-budget-up-50-million


8 posted on 05/12/2011 12:32:49 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Brookhaven

4 hours, 30 minutes to be exact......


9 posted on 05/12/2011 12:32:51 PM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: sand lake bar

This is great. 47% of the Detroiters couldn’t read the train ticket and the balance are unemployed. This program would guarantee that Illinois would get conceal-carry, no doubt, slam-dunk.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 12:33:50 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Brookhaven

If the train can travel 110, let’s say average 80, then that’s about a 3 hour trip. I always had a hard time driving from Chicago to Dearborn in less than 4 hours. Plus, you skip the tollroads, traffic jams, parking, etc.

And, you can drink while you “drive”!


11 posted on 05/12/2011 12:34:59 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar
Odds are that the $200 million will all go to "convincing" the populace that they need this.

Hawaii spent a gazillion bucks telling us how wonderful rail will be, how much time we'll save, all illustrated by beautiful visions from architects being bribed hired to produce drawings of beautifully landscaped futuristic rail stops and stations. For a few months we were inundated by "public service"ads on how wonderful our great mayor was to envision rail. Total cost is now up over $10 billion - and that's just for a 20-mile corridor. Detroit to Chicago??? $200 million? Might as well just throw it in Lake Michigan.

12 posted on 05/12/2011 12:36:29 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: sand lake bar
If the train can travel 110, let’s say average 80,

It will be lucky to hit 80 mph more than once or twice during the trip. 110mph is somebody's idea of a joke.
13 posted on 05/12/2011 12:39:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: BuckyKat

There’s a high probability you’re right. Let me know the Lake Michigan beach where they’ll dump all that cash! I’ll bring a net.


14 posted on 05/12/2011 12:39:19 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar

Also, how many people go back and forth between Chicago and Detroit on a frequent basis? I’m guessing it’s not that many unless all the Bamsters friends need to go to ground and disappear when things get too hot for them in Chicago (a la Al Capone - except western Michigan was good enough for Capone).


15 posted on 05/12/2011 12:40:23 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: BuckyKat

Actually, it would be a far better idea to use the 200 mil to renovate Detroit’s “People Mover.”

</sarc>


16 posted on 05/12/2011 12:40:38 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar

Or they could do something really crazy and fix the roads which most of us actually use.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 12:42:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: TSgt

Smiling ? Hell, Willie’s nipples probably just exploded.


18 posted on 05/12/2011 12:43:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: sand lake bar

The rail line will go right through Rock Ridge.
19 posted on 05/12/2011 12:44:40 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: sand lake bar

Great, then pay the $300 ticket price this mess will costs instead of expecting taxpayers to subsides your free ride.


20 posted on 05/12/2011 12:45:13 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: sand lake bar

This is GREAT! Now DNC thugs and ‘bag men’ can deliver payoffs and bribes to union stooges in even less time than before! This is GREAT! Imagine the welfare losers being able to use food stamps for train fare so that they can purchase large amounts of grass and crack in BIG D and get back to Chi-town to catch a Sox game! This is GREAT!


21 posted on 05/12/2011 12:46:35 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Once Detroit is emptied out, what will the train be used for?


22 posted on 05/12/2011 12:47:21 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom (Whoz? Meca? feble?)
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To: MNJohnnie

Hmm...$300 or free ride....$300 or free ride? Let me think. Ok, I’ve decided.

Actually, I’m against this. We just can’t afford it right now.


23 posted on 05/12/2011 12:49:47 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: Doc Savage

See? It’s a helping kind of thing!


24 posted on 05/12/2011 12:51:15 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“The Amazing Jungle Ride!”


25 posted on 05/12/2011 12:52:14 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: Brookhaven

not that long

more like 2.5 hrs MAX


26 posted on 05/12/2011 12:53:49 PM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: sand lake bar

In other news, lots of your money was pissed away by the federal government.


27 posted on 05/12/2011 12:54:15 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: SERKIT

Post of the day.


28 posted on 05/12/2011 12:55:23 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Smiling ? Hell, Willie’s nipples probably just exploded.

LOL
29 posted on 05/12/2011 12:55:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: sand lake bar

A plane makes the trip in far less time and does not require the infrastructure investment.

Sure you can drink while you ride but you can also get rolled by the gangbangers who will own this line in no time.

One of the beauties of automotive travel is that you don’t get stuck sitting next to someone who smells badly, passes gas frequently, talks endlessly, or sing rap music for the whole trip. John Rocker was right.


30 posted on 05/12/2011 12:59:39 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: QualityMan

281 miles? In 2.5 hours max?

Besides, this just DNC walking around money. By the time the eminent domain suits work their way through the courts, the environmentalists fight the path of the rail through a mosquito bog (gotta protect the mosquitoes), etc., etc.

Or Zero could issue an executive order and it will be done tomorrow. (/sarc)


31 posted on 05/12/2011 1:01:06 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: John O

Well, yeah to all that, but I once “got lucky” on a train.


32 posted on 05/12/2011 1:01:51 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar

if there are a thousand people that go from Detroit to Chicago daily, and it is financed by ticket prices, that works out to be a surcharge of less than 10 dollars a ticket.

It certainly could have been financially self-financing.


33 posted on 05/12/2011 1:11:39 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: SERKIT

If that were the case it would be worth the cost but it isn’t. Most of the murder and mayhem would be committed against black people in Chicago and the Democrats don’t care about them. They would still oppose CC.


34 posted on 05/12/2011 1:13:43 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: TSgt

35 posted on 05/12/2011 2:17:18 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: sand lake bar
The Amtrak train presently is scheduled to take 5 1/2 hours between Chicago and Detroit, although the trains are late over 60% of the time.

Even if this expenditure of money achieves everything promised, the trains will be no faster the the Detroit Arrow operated by the Pennsylvania and Wabash railroads 80 years ago (with steam engines and without subsidy).

36 posted on 05/12/2011 2:36:48 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: sand lake bar
And, you can drink while you “drive”!

What happens at either end when you have to drive?

37 posted on 05/12/2011 3:37:48 PM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: hattend

Take a cab? Take a nap? I can only have two drinks—over a four hour period that keeps me legal.


38 posted on 05/12/2011 7:23:50 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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