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  • High Speed Delusion

    03/28/2011 8:56:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2011 | Al Boese
    Last Tuesday, March 22nd, saw two Obama high speed rail shills, hapless Illinois Governor Quinn and the loyal, ebullient, camera centric Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, shamelessly announcing with pride, the next phase of the so called Chicago to St Louis High Speed Rail project. The new $1.2 billion phase is to run from Bloomington, IL to Dwight IL, a distance of 58.5 miles of what could only be described as the "Billion Dollar Train to Nowhere." Folks, that amounts to a mere $20,618,556 per mile, with an estimated heart stopping speed of 110 mph. Google Map estimates driving between these...
  • LaHood Visits Honolulu to Discuss ($5.5 Billion) Rail Project

    03/23/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2011
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is meeting with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle to discuss the city's planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line. LaHood, Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and other officials were to join Carlisle at a briefing Wednesday on the rail transit project. LaHood oversees the Federal Transit Administration, which has pledged to sign an agreement providing at least $1.5 billion for the rail. LaHood plans to tour the port and talk with people about how to "rev up this economy in Hawaii." This is LaHood's first visit to the state since being appointed by President Barack Obama....
  • Nelson ‘fighting’ for rail money as NPR, other media misinform on study

    03/16/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT · by Crush · 7 replies
    The US Report ^ | 16 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Gov. Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion taxpayer (or borrowed from foreign countries) dollars the US Dept. of Transportation offered Florida. The money would’ve helped to create a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Supporters also want future lines between Orlando and Miami and maybe one day Orlando and Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union ran a story on Saturday suggesting US senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) might go after the money despite Scott’s concerns. The header to the story in the print edition was “Nelson fighting to get back rail money.” The header to the online story read “Florida loses...
  • Biden's Name to Grace New Rail Station

    03/16/2011 4:57:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | March 15, 2011 | CATHERINE BROWN
    Frequent train rider, Vice President Joe Biden will be forever linked with the Wilmington train station. In honor of the long-time Amtrak rider and strong advocate of passenger rail, the newly renovated station will be dedicated as the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station on Saturday. As a U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Biden regularly traveled by train between Wilmington and Washington, D.C. Wilmington Station underwent a nearly two-year, $37.7-million renovation. Funding for the project included $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Police: Train carries man 200 yards (San Antonio, Tx)

    03/14/2011 11:57:23 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 9 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 14 March 2011 | Eva Ruth Moravec
    A man is expected to survive after he was struck by a train on the Northeast Side early Monday, San Antonio police said. The man, 22, was struck by a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive near Wetmore Road and Wurzbach Parkway around 5 a.m. BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said the train's engineer and conductor saw the man lying on the tracks, apparently attempting suicide, near a bridge. The crew blew the train's horn and activated its emergency brakes, officials said, but couldn't avoid striking the man. Police Sgt. Donald Leonard said the man was then scooped up by the...
  • John Galt vs. Bamtrak ( high-speed rail )

    03/04/2011 2:03:48 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    wsj ^ | MARCH 4, 2011. | JAMES TARANTO
    "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funding intended for Florida will be sent to other states after the state Supreme Court upheld Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject the money..." Why was the federal government trying to force this boondoggle on the Sunshine State? ... Who is John Galt? ... "Atlas Shrugged" is a lengthy parable about individualism and freedom. Set in the not-too-distant future, it depicts an America whose economy is falling apart under the weight of an overweening government run entirely by people with approximately the integrity, cognitive ability and humility...
  • President Obama Busts the Budget for Pie-in-the-Sky Amtrak and “Livability” Proposals

    03/04/2011 1:01:56 PM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Mar. 4, 2011 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2012 is an unabashed attempt to grow government and add $1 trillion to the national debt. While a detailed review of the flaws in the President’s budget is beyond the scope of this paper,[1] one of the budget’s more fiscally irresponsible components is the proposal to increase surface “transportation” spending by more than 84 percent (from $58 billion to $107 billion) over FY 2010 spending levels.[2]
  • Sessions ‘flabbergasted’ by increase in Obama transportation budget (it's a union payoff)

    03/03/2011 9:37:57 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/11 | Erik Wasson
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to task Thursday for the Obama administration’s call for a massive increase in transportation spending. Given the record deficit this year, Sessions said he was surprised to see Obama’s 2012 budget call for an 11 percent spending increase and a 9.5 percent increase for the Education and Energy departments, respectively. But, he said, “I was flabbergasted to see Transportation wants 62 percent increase in spending.” Sessions noted, ahead of LaHood’s testimony on the request, that the Obama budget calls for an unspecified new tax to raise $435...
  • Documents Reveal TSA Plan To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers

    03/02/2011 5:55:24 PM PST · by CedarDave · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 2, 2011 | Andy Greenberg
    Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets. The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday published documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland Security showing that from 2006 to 2008 the agency planned a study of...
  • The People Mover's Pricey Pensions

    03/02/2011 10:49:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Barbara Hansen made $114,815 in 2010 as general manager of Detroit Transportation Corporation. DTC exists to operate the Detroit People Mover, the municipal rail system that serves downtown Detroit. Hansen also received a $14,696 pension contribution made by her employer last year. It is a benefit DTC employees get that far exceeds the private sector. The DTC contributes 12.8 percent of W-2 wages for employees’ pensions, more than double the payment made to a typical private sector employee with a retirement benefit. “That’s not where you want to be,” said Rick Dreyfuss, a pension expert and adjunct scholar at the...
  • Florida lawmakers want governor to take Feds' high-speed rail money

    03/01/2011 10:36:05 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/01/11 11:42 AM ET | Keith Laing
    State lawmakers in Florida are threatening to sue GOP Gov. Rick Scott over his refusal to take $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money. The fight in Florida comes amid a renewed push by President Obama on high-speed rail, which the White House has identified as a key investment in the nation’s future. Scott describes the $2.4 billion the federal government has offered his state a “federal boondoggle” and has refused to accept the money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. Republicans in Washington have also criticized Obama’s proposal to spend on high-speed rail at a time...
  • High Speed to Insolvency (Why liberals love trains)

    02/28/2011 12:56:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 3+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Febriaru 27, 2011 | George Will
    ...Remarkably widespread derision has greeted the Obama administration’s damn-the-arithmetic-full-speed-ahead proposal to spend $53 billion more (after the $8 billion in stimulus money and $2.4 billion in enticements to 23 states) in the next six years pursuant to the president’s loopy goal of giving “80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail.” “Access” and “high-speed” to be defined later. ...[Florida's] Rick Scott, has joined Ohio’s (...Kasich) and Wisconsin’s (...Walker) in rejecting federal incentives—more than $2 billion in Florida’s case—to begin a high-speed rail project.... The three governors want to spare their states from paying the much larger sums likely to be...
  • Sowell: Reckless Spending

    02/21/2011 6:11:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 21, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Nothing more clearly illustrates the utter irresponsibility of Barack Obama than his advocacy of "high-speed rail." The man is not stupid. He knows how to use words that will sound wonderful to people who do not bother to stop and think. High-speed rail may be feasible in parts of Europe or Japan, where the population density is much higher than in the United States. But, without enough people packed into a given space, there will never be enough riders to repay the high cost of building and maintaining a high-speed rail system. Building a high-speed rail system between Los...
  • Florida Railroad Check (Driving to Tampa is cheaper.)

    02/17/2011 9:08:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2011
    Florida Governor Rick Scott avoided a costly train wreck this week by hitting the brakes on his state's high-speed rail project. Alas, the White House continues to charge full-speed ahead. Mr. Scott rejected $2.4 billion of federal money for an 84-mile line from Tampa to Orlando, saying that it would likely end up costing state taxpayers an additional $3 billion when the state's budget deficit this year is $3.6 billion. Then there's the half a billion dollars in operating subsidies that the train would need every decade, which could be more depending on how much the state has inflated ridership...
  • Who got high speed rail money

    02/17/2011 8:58:54 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 17, 2011 | Steve Hargreaves
    The federal government already has more than $10 billion in stimulus and other money set aside for high speed rail projects. To date, it has made commitments to spend $4.5 billion of that. Obama has made infrastructure a centerpiece of his presidency, calling for $53 billion in additional funds for high speed rail in his budget proposal this week. California: The state has captured the lion's share of these funds... Chicago-St. Louis: This route, which passes through Springfield and Bloomington, Ill., received $1.1 billion ... Orlando-Tampa: ... Vermont: The state was one of the first to win federal money, and...
  • Florida’s Scott Rejects Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Line

    02/16/2011 10:56:25 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 39 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | : February 16, 2011 | Timothy Williams
    Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Wednesday rejected plans for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, in the process turning down $2 billion in federal funds and a key piece of President Obama’s goal of building a national high-speed rail network. Florida is the third state with a newly elected Republican governor to turn down a portion of the administration’s high-speed rail project, joining John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
  • Joe Biden: 'They're gonna own our kids' without high-speed rail

    02/09/2011 1:16:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Alexandra Petri
    Speaking about the need for high-speed rail, Vice President Joe Biden commented that, "If we don't get a grip, folks, they'll not only be teaching us, they're gonna own our kids." What? If I'd known that all it required to own someone's kids was to discourage him from supporting high-speed rail, I would be beating Angelina Jolie right now in the people's-kids-owning-game. Leaving aside the numerous objections to high-speed rail, this seems like an odd thing to say under any circumstances. I understand that this makes it characteristic of Joe Biden. I think the most impossible quiz in the world...
  • Biden: Hey, let’s spend $53 billion on high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 2:22:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Why not? The federal budget is now like a teetering Jenga tower that stretches into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. There’s no question that it’s going to topple pretty soon, so in the meantime, why not have fun and see how many more pieces we can stick on there before it does? Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six years.Biden, who estimated he has ridden Amtrak between Washington and his home in Wilmington, Delaware, some 7,900 times, made a strong pitch...
  • Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 10:54:17 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday.
  • U.S. unveils $53 billion in high-speed rail plan

    02/08/2011 9:17:33 AM PST · by speciallybland · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/08/2011 | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government will dedicate $53 billion over six years to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. The initiative will allow the Department of Transportation to choose corridors for the new projects and increase U.S. use of the passenger rails, the White House said in a statement. President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2012, which is to be unveiled next week, includes $8 billion for the plan. The rest of the money will be allocated over the six-year time period.