Skip to comments.US Oks $196.5M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail (train to nowhere in particular)
Posted on 10/05/2011 3:13:46 PM PDT by Libloather
US Oks $196.5M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail
AP 25 mins ago
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $196.5 million for part of a high-speed Amtrak passenger rail link between Chicago and Detroit, Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow said Wednesday.
The funds now being obligated cover work from Kalamazoo in western Michigan to Dearborn in suburban Detroit, the Democratic lawmakers said.
The grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation will cover track and signal improvements.
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the Willie Green Expressway
Having high speed rail needs only to go in one direction-----> AWAY FROM DEETROIT.
(That is, until the gangs steal the trains)
Such a tourist attraction...and must see cities. Everyone wants to visit Detroit and Chicago. Could stop by and see Obama’s home in Chicago, visit Oprah and even drop by the prison and see if Blago is there OR there is always the mosque, motown and what is left of motor city Detroit.
Oh yeah, I want to take the train to Dee troit.
Each of the two end train terminals will need an entire Combat Loaded SeaBee Battalion to repair them and a Combat Loaded Battalion of Marines to secure them.
I don’t understand this at all.
Chicago has great food so why would they need high speed rail to get Soilent Green from Detroit?
Detroit has been destroyed from within and I sure don’t want my hard earned tax dollars going to this obvious effort to buy union jobs.
That ought to pay for maybe 10 miles.
ha ha ha ha....unbelievable of all cities to pick. Maybe LA to San Fran is next.
If they decide to either one they’d need to increase the unit size to a full Brigade of SeaBees and a Brigade of Combat Marines.
Wow. Who would want to go to Detroit these days in the first place? Especially at high speed.
High Speed to Insolvency (Why liberals love trains)
To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think theyunsupervised, untutored, and unscriptedare masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make.
For Chicagoans bored with the adventure of taking the Green Line west.
LOL!!!!! think of all the foreign languages spoken..would need an interpreter..or could rob a bank in Chicago and hide out in the mosques in Detroit. 196 million plus..absurd
You gotta agree that it’s one way to solve the LA Gang Problem.
This will be another boondoggle, like New Mexico's Road Runner.
I live right near the line in question just west of Ann Arbor. I see the trains every day and I can tell you that except near holidays or break time at U of M the AMTRAK trains are empty.
Now they will probably put up fences along the tracks, ugly my backyard view up, and block my access to my fishing spot on the Huron river so empty trains can get to Chicago 30 minutes faster.
And the days of Bears fans flooding Detroit when they play the Lions at Ford Field are over.
Aack, we don’t need it. Who wants to go to Chicago anyway? Worse yet, who wants to go to Detroit?
And with all the graft and corruption in Chicongo and Detroit it will cost the taxpayers 5 times the 196 Mill, and that is only for the “part” that will never be used.
Subsidized public transportation vs. private auto’s and airlines.
ACORNonomics in action.
I don’t know who’d want to ride it, but 1,380 people do every day.
Follow the money. All contracts will be limited to union contracts and the cost overruns will be astronomical and the track will be laid just as good as the ceiling in the Boston tunnel.
The S-bahn (8) between Wiesbaden and Hanau, Germany could be the model. Unemployed junkies, druggies, student-type “revolutionaries”, their bikes and their dogs? What a great pamphlet it would make, eh? Sooo, run that by me again- Detroit to Chicago and back because...?
“so empty trains can get to Chicago 30 minutes faster.”
For appearances sake only...as IF! Just like Obama.
Let the Chicago political crooks pay for it.
Better yet put them all on for the first ride and secretly build the end of the line straight to the closet Illinois Prison.
Because during elections, the dimrats need to move the Chicago rats to Detroit to vote and the Detroit rats to Chicago to vote. Then repeat the process. If it is a high speed train, they can get multiple loads transferred in a day so that baraq can get a huge number of votes from those two cities all in one day.
Now you see?
Please freepmail me if you wish to be added or dropped from the mitten ping.
Mousellini and Hitler were similarly directed toward trains.
I have seen the lite!
That’s what I keep telling my (union member) in-laws. For Hi-speed, they will need to construct a separate (elevated?) line because of all the podunk stations like your Grass Lake and my Albion.
I can drive from Midway to downtown Dee-troit (GO TIGERS!!!!) in about 4-5 hours. The “hi-speed” rail project says that Union Station (CHI) to Detroit Amtrak will be 4 hours.
I know for a fact that the train WILL be delayed; freight has priority over passenger traffic in the Chicago market (CHI - Gary).
Passenger trains have historically been delayed (either direction) for up to 4 hours to allow for freight.
Also missed is the fact that towns like Albion, Grass Lake, Chelsea etc have spent a lot of local money to restore the historic old depots. There will be a major court fight every step of the way if they attempt to tear those down to put in a separate track for high speed.
The old Detroit train depot was an architectural masterpiece back then, just like many of the other buildings in Detroit which have now fallen into ruin.
I'm guessing more like the planning only for the first 10 miles, environmental impact statements, buying up property/stealing it, and so forth. We've got a 17-mile project they're pushing here on Oahu that has gone from costing 2 billion when it was sold to the public, now 5-15 billion conservative estimate.
I was shocked, I say, shocked when I read some ding dong official of the Guvmint stated that this so-called “high-speed” train project shaved a big 30 minutes off the 5 hour trip....which is never going to happen with the late departures/arrivals typical of Amtrak. Boondoggle Bloody Waste!
Denver's Union Station is tiny by comparison, but maybe that is its saving grace. It still serves as an AMTRAC station and will soon be a light rail hub.
For those of us who never heard the name, who is/was Willie Green?
an advocate for anything passenger train related (and former freeper)
The average speed s supposed to be something like 62 mph.
So basically, right around the speed SCAMTRACK Runs today. LOL
For a virtual tour of the ruins of Detroit, you can go to:
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