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$11 Billion Later, High-Speed Rail Is Inching Along
New York Times ^ | 8/6/14 | Ron Nixon

Posted on 08/08/2014 9:45:19 AM PDT by jalisco555

WASHINGTON — High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China.

While Republican opposition and community protests have slowed the projects here, transportation policy experts and members of both parties also place blame for the failures on missteps by the Obama administration — which in July asked Congress for nearly $10 billion more for high-speed initiatives.

Instead of putting the $11 billion directly into those projects, critics say, the administration made the mistake of parceling out the money to upgrade existing Amtrak service, which will allow trains to go no faster than 110 miles per hour. None of the money originally went to service in the Northeast Corridor, the most likely place for high-speed rail.

On a 30-mile stretch of railroad between Westerly and Cranston, R.I., Amtrak’s 150-m.p.h. Acela hits its top speed — for five or 10 minutes. On the crowded New York to Washington corridor, the Acela averages only 80 m.p.h., and a plan to bring it up to the speed of Japanese bullet-trains, which can top 220 m.p.h., will take $150 billion and 26 years, if it ever happens.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newyorktimes; obama; trains
"“The Obama administration’s management of previously appropriated high-speed rail funding has been as clumsy as its superintending of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout,” said Frank N. Wilner, a former chief of staff at the Surface Transportation Board, a bipartisan body with oversight of the nation’s railroads."

This in the New York Times?

1 posted on 08/08/2014 9:45:19 AM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555

Funny how it’s usually the EPA hindering large projects.


2 posted on 08/08/2014 9:48:59 AM PDT by Usagi_yo (I don't have a soul, I'm a soul that has a body. -- Unknown)
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3 posted on 08/08/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: jalisco555

The writer is not complaining that money was wasted, but that it wasn’t wasted in the right way.


4 posted on 08/08/2014 9:50:38 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: jalisco555

ESAD, Willie Green. There are few places in America with sufficient population density to justify fixed rail transportation. A separate freeway for buses would be a better approach: more flexible, more reliable, more capable of serving an entire region, and less subject to terrorism, traffic fluctuation, or strikes.


5 posted on 08/08/2014 9:51:36 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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6 posted on 08/08/2014 9:52:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jalisco555

I’ve taken the high speed Ave train in Spain on several occasions. It’s fast, efficient and a very comfortable way to travel that country. I know it can’t be duplicated here and I’m grateful to the generous European taxpayers who helped subsidize my tickets, but it sure would be nice if we could do this without bankrupting ourselves. Oh, well.


7 posted on 08/08/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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11 BILLION DOLLARS that went into the UNION SLUSH FUNDS so they could give part of it back to the Democrats!!!


8 posted on 08/08/2014 9:58:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jalisco555
While Republican opposition and community protests have slowed the projects here, transportation policy experts and members of both parties also place blame for the failures on missteps by the Obama administration — which in July asked Congress for nearly $10 billion more for high-speed initiatives.

Obama’s critics simply don’t get it!

Purpose of the High Speed Rail project is not to build a high speed rail system.

The purpose of the High Speed Rail project is to spend taxpayer money and make Obama’s supporters richer.

Sure the Obama administration are incompetent managers but that is no more than a side note.

It is nice to see that the NY Slimes has taken note that Obama is a boob. But it is much too late.

9 posted on 08/08/2014 9:58:24 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: jalisco555

Toot Toot...All aboard the fail train.


10 posted on 08/08/2014 10:16:37 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: jalisco555

High speed rail doesn’t work anywhere except pissy lil countries the size of a single state.

For it to be cost effective the population has to be packed in like rats in a corn crib.


11 posted on 08/08/2014 10:23:23 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: jalisco555

11 billion of our tax-payer dollars has gone into crony pockets, period.


12 posted on 08/08/2014 11:10:45 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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11 billion of our tax-payer dollars has gone into crony pockets, period.

There is a story this week of the government losing 700 Billion without a trace, hardly anyone noticed. Guess it went into Obama's stash.

13 posted on 08/08/2014 11:36:40 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: itsahoot

The money is funnelled to leftists, leftist orgs, friends and family.


14 posted on 08/08/2014 11:38:02 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: jalisco555
This in the New York Times?

Setting the stage for a new POTUS who "can get things done" in 2017.

15 posted on 08/08/2014 11:40:34 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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It doesn’t really matter if it takes me 4 hours by plane or 4 hours by train or 10 hours by car, it does not justify billions and billions and billions of dollars just so a few favored passengers can get somewhere faster... unless it’s Mars.


16 posted on 08/08/2014 11:41:01 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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It doesn’t really matter if it takes me 4 hours by plane or 4 hours by train or 10 hours by car, it does not justify billions and billions and billions of dollars just so a few favored passengers can get somewhere faster... unless it’s Mars.

Oh, I know. That's why I'm grateful to the Europeans for helping me buy my ticket. I'm not advocating it here, just saying that it was a very pleasant experience.

17 posted on 08/08/2014 11:50:02 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Ann Archy

Bingo!


18 posted on 08/08/2014 11:57:06 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: jalisco555

like getting a ride in a limo while hitchiking


19 posted on 08/08/2014 11:58:31 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Pontiac

Well said.


20 posted on 08/08/2014 11:58:43 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: GeronL
like getting a ride in a limo while hitchiking

Kind of like that, although the tickets were far from free.

21 posted on 08/08/2014 12:05:15 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555
Oooooooopsie


22 posted on 08/08/2014 1:36:20 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Lo siento, vaquero, pero no es chistoso.


23 posted on 08/08/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555

humor negro, jalisco555, Anímate.

Ps. I don’t speak hispanish. Just shoot cowboy toys.


24 posted on 08/08/2014 2:27:18 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jalisco555
Add that 11 BILLION DOLLARS to the already existing astronomical amount of money STOLEN under the guise of "making something happen".

From Solyndra to high speed trains... the hits just keep on comin'.

25 posted on 08/08/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Vaquero

No problema, amigo.


26 posted on 08/09/2014 3:51:20 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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