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  • Kochtopus Launches PR War Against Future SCOTUS Nominee

    03/14/2016 6:36:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies ^ | 3/14/16 | Karoli Kuns
    The ironically-named "Judicial Crisis Network" has launched an all-out opposition research and smear effort to kill President Obama's Supreme Court nominees before he ever names them. This organization was originally named the Judicial Confirmation Network, and was created to ram through Bush nominees when he was President, and renamed after President Obama was elected. (SNIP) Apparently if one is a defense attorney, they're supposed to refuse to defend people accused of heinous crimes. The inmate described in JCN’s ad is Casey Frederiksen, who Kelly represented in 2005 during her career as a public defender. Frederiksen is unquestionably a terrible human...
  • Southwest light-rail e-mails show messaging behind cost announcement

    07/08/2015 5:34:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 7-8-15 | Janet Moore
    At 8:10 a.m. on Monday, April 27, the Metropolitan Council released the startling news that the price tag of the proposed Southwest light-rail line had increased by $341 million to $2 billion. Met Council Chair Adam Duininck said in a news release at the time that “all options are on the table,” including not building the line at all. E-mails among Duininck, Metro Transit officials and other political players — including Gov. Mark Dayton — obtained through a Minnesota Data Practices Act request reflect the behind-the-scenes positioning in the days leading to the announcement. The 231 pages of e-mails don’t...
  • In their universe, a costly train is success

    06/03/2015 6:39:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-3-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The political class -- they build themselves new office buildings and such -- live in a different universe from the rest of us, and the rest of us are getting routinely pickpocketed. No greater proof of this truth exists than the remarks of St. Paul's own City Council Member Dave Thune last week after Metro Transit released the financial figures for the first six months of the Green Line. Passengers boarding the Green Line from its debut in June, 2014 through the end of the year paid $6.21 million into the farebox, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs...
  • Green Line's $6.21M in 2014 fares pay 35.8 percent of expenses

    05/29/2015 6:16:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-28-15 | Fredrick Melo
    While Metro Transit's Green Line isn't exactly paying for itself through passenger fares, it's doing a better job than most other Minnesota public transit options. Passengers boarding the state's second light-rail line from its debut in June through the end of 2014 paid $6.21 million into the fare box, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs to operate the 11-mile route. "I think 35 percent is a really good percentage," said St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune. "I love it. I think it has been a success. The kind of traffic it's seeing, going from one end of...
  • 50 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails in Philly

    05/12/2015 7:04:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 347 replies
    At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. Read more: Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook
  • I have a better idea than light rail - oil pipelines

    05/11/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The Metropolitan Council continues to struggle with a marketing problem that just won't go away. The projected cost of extending light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has ballooned to $2 billion, which would make it the largest public infrastructure project in state history. That certainly would be a lot of bridges repaired and lanes of freeway added. Mark Fuhrmann, the project director for Metro Transit, said the other day that delaying the project could jeopardize federal funding. In other words, if we don't act now, we could lose the government's contribution needed to build the line. The government's share?...
  • Plenty of ideas would trump that $2 billion train

    05/04/2015 6:29:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-28-15 | Joe Soucheray
    As recently as 2010, the estimated cost for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line was estimated to be $1.2 billion, or about the cost of a new football stadium. Then the cost jumped to $1.7 billion because somebody spun the magic wheel. Now the cost is projected to be $2 billion. OK, $1.994 billion, but if they find an endangered earthworm or an especially exotic cattail, all bets are off and the project will shoot over $2 billion in a European minute, for the Metropolitan Council loves to keep playing Europe. The train stops are called Royalston, West Lake, Blake...
  • Mass transit is more than light rail - and still costly

    04/01/2015 6:06:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | David Montgoery
    Light rail is controversial because of its price tag -- the recently finished Green Line linking downtown St. Paul with Minneapolis cost $957 million. Supporters, though, say it's justified along dense routes where it can move many people more efficiently than buses can. <<>> Taxpayers shoulder the majority of the cost. In the metro area, fares account for about $100 million in revenue last year -- about 30 percent of the operating cost of transit. Federal grants play a big role in paying for new transitways and vehicles -- 55 percent of capital costs last year. But federal taxpayers covered...
  • Northstar Commuter Rail Ridership has Dropped, Costs Remain

    03/04/2015 5:29:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    kstp ^ | 3-3-15 | jay kolls
    New numbers show that Northstar Commuter Rail Line ridership is down and, after five years of operation, an important goal has not yet been met. Metro Transit numbers show ridership in 2014 was down 8 percent for weekday rides. In 2008, Metro Transit had a goal of removing 5,000 cars from the road by encouraging commuting on Northstar. However, only about 2,500 commuters ride during the week, which is well below the goal set seven years ago. Taxpayers paid $315 million to build the Northstar system. Approximately $15 million each of the five years it's been running for operations and...
  • Obama’s $11 Billion High Speed Rail to Nowhere

    08/08/2014 5:26:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/08/2014 | By Brianna Ehley
    The Obama administration has spent almost $11 billion to build a high-speed rail system that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Since 2009, the president has been pushing for the United States to have a bullet-train-like system similar to those found in Europe and Asia, but a combination of setbacks and dwindling support from states and Congress has slowed the project to a halt, The New York Times first reported. Just last month, Congress rejected the administration’s request for an additional $10 billion for high-speed rail and last year, three governors canceled their federal funding for the projects—deeming them too...
  • Obama to take executive actions on infrastructure this week

    07/14/2014 1:39:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2014 | By Ben Wolfgang
    With just weeks remaining before federal funding for road and bridge repair dries up, President Obama will take new executive actions this week to spur infrastructure investment from the private sector, the White House announced Monday. The president will make the announcement — the details of which are not yet clear — during a speech Thursday in Delaware. “This is a key part of the president’s year of action,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
  • Green Line opens soon, and St. Paul has a lot riding on this train

    06/08/2014 5:41:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-8-14 | Fred Melo
    Officials at all levels of government are banking that Metro Transit's $957 million investment will do more than simply shuttle existing bus riders in fancier vehicles between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis when it debuts June 14. They are counting on light rail to be a catalyst -- an economic game-changer for downtown St. Paul and much of University Avenue. Both areas have lost industry since the 1970s. The city as a whole lost 13.4 percent of its employment from 2000 to 2011, a period during which the U.S. shed 2.2 percent of its jobs, according to Wilder...
  • After 43 years, St. Paul's Union Depot marks return of passenger trains

    05/09/2014 4:59:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | Fred Melo
    Passenger trains are again rolling into St. Paul's historic Union Depot. Ramsey County leaders joined their peers from St. Paul and the state Wednesday to welcome Amtrak to their meticulously restored depot. The first train, the westbound Empire Builder from Chicago, arrived at 11:13 p.m. -- 70 minutes late -- en route to Seattle and Portland, Ore. "Our beautifully restored building is achieving our vision as a multimodal transit facility and a unique gathering place for people," said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, chair of the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, said during ceremonies earlier in the day. But don't...
  • Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson Star in New Movie, 'God's Not Dead' (Video)

    01/19/2014 12:05:40 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-19-2014 | TRNlive
    Two stars of 'Duck Dynasty' star in a new film that explores a student's struggle to prove the existence of God.Willie and Korie Robertson, who are well known for their family reality TV show and their staunch Christian faith, along with The actors  Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain, appear in God's Not Dead, to be released on March 21st. In the movie, college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Harper) finds his faith challenged by his dogmatic philosophy professor (Sorbo), who requires his students to disavow the existence of God on the first day of class, signing a declaration...
  • Japan Wants To Help Us Build A 'Super' Train Running From Baltimore To Washington DC In 15 Minutes

    01/07/2014 7:39:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/07/2014 | JULIAN RYALL
    The Japanese government has promised to lend the United States half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time between Baltimore and Washington DC to just 15 minutes. Tokyo is so keen to show off its technology that it will provide loans for half the estimated $8 billion (£5bn) cost of installing the tracks, Japan's Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday.Masahiro Nakayama, a general manager at Central Japan Railway Co, told The Daily Telegraph that the American federal government was keen, and that the state authorities were especially enthusiastic about the project."The national government has shown interest,"...
  • 3 Amtrak Trains With Hundreds of Passengers Stranded Since Monday

    01/07/2014 8:51:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1-7-14 | ANTHONY CASTELLANO
    About 500 passengers aboard three Amtrak trains were stranded overnight in a remote part of northern Illinois because of blowing and drifting snow, Amtrak officials said today. The trains were halted late Monday near Mendota, about 80 miles west of Chicago. The passengers were aboard the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy, Ill., and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay area, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told The Associated Press. The trains became stuck around 4:15 p.m. ET Monday after they hit a 12-foot snow drift that paralyzed the engines, passenger Bryan Plummer told ABC...
  • Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson Take the High Road in New Year’s Eve Interview (Video)

    01/01/2014 6:54:10 AM PST · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-01-2014 | TRN
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. -- James 4:10A humble man doesn't gloat when he knows he's won. And so it was with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson and his wife Korie in their New Year's Eve interview last night. As the first members of their clan facing the public since A&E suspended their patriarch Phil Robertson for speaking his religious values in a GQ interview, Will and Korie Robertson definitely took the high road. Rather than taking swipes at A&E for their actions, the Robertson's let their fans do the talking -- which they did in a...
  • Willie and Korie Robertson to Break Family’s Silence in New Year’s Eve Interview

    12/31/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-31-2013 | TRN
    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson will ring in 2014 LIVE with Fox News. Robertson and his wife, Korie, will be guests during Tuesday night’s “All-American New Year,” and the two will give their first interview about the controversy that has surrounded their family’s patriarch, Phil Robertson.“Appearing live from Steamboat Springs, Colo., for their first television appearance following A&E's reinstatement of Phil Robertson on ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Willie and Korie will discuss the situation with FNC’s Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The couple will also reflect on 2013 and discuss the year ahead,” Fox News announced. Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E...
  • Porsha Stewart reveals she thinks Underground Railroad was a real train

    12/23/2013 3:07:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2013
    Seriously? The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cameras captured Porsha Stewart’s crumbling marriage and messy divorce from her pro-football hubby, Kordell Stewart, but on Sunday night’s episode the reality show caught Porsha’s most cringe-worthy moment yet. As the ladies of the Bravo show headed on a Freedom Trail tour in Savannah, Stewart revealed that she thought the Underground Railroad was a real, physical train. Yikes.
  • As high-speed rail project falters, Obama’s vision of government remains unfulfilled

    11/08/2013 1:34:26 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin
    MILWAUKEE — The gleaming red-and-white trains sit motionless in a cavernous warehouse in Century City, an industrial neighborhood that cranked out 100 million car and truck frames in its heyday. The seats are draped in plastic; an electronic screen on one reads, “Quiet Car. 11:10 a.m. 000 MPH.” President Obama once hoped that these high-speed trains would be transporting passengers from Milwaukee to Madison, Wis., part of a broader system crisscrossing the Midwest and the nation. But Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, rejected $823 million in funding that the federal government was offering, and the Transportation Department transferred the funds...
  • With ‘Suicide By Train’ Up, LA Metro Appeals For Help

    09/23/2013 12:05:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    AP) ^ | September 23, 2013 8:20 AM
    Since the beginning of last year, seven people have thrown themselves in front of trains on the Blue Line, which traverses some of the county’s poorest areas on its 22-mile route between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach. Before the recent increase, suicides had averaged one per year since the line opened in 1990, according to Metro spokesman Marc Littman
  • Embezzler was hired by CA high-speed rail agency

    08/29/2013 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle aka SFGate ^ | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | unk
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority — and she says nobody asked about her background. The Sacramento Bee ( ) says Carey Moore spent two years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft in 2007. Prosecutors say she embezzled from the Department of Child Support Services. In 2011, Moore was hired by the High-Speed Rail Authority. Her job included making travel plans for officials. Her state job application didn't ask whether she'd been convicted of a crime and Moore says nobody...
  • 'Redneck millionaire' and 'Duck Dynasty' star eyed for La. House seat

    08/12/2013 11:31:28 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 85 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/12/2013 | Paul Bedard
    A new political dynasty might soon be joining the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes: Duck Dynasty, that is. Some key Republican operatives are eager to woo one of the hit show's stars--Willie Robertson--to run for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander. Alexander, expressing frustration with divided government, is going to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet. He will leave at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat. He represents the 5th District, including Monroe, La., home to the group headed by Robertson, the game call and hunting...
  • WATCH: The moment a high speed train derails in Spain killing 77, including Americans

    07/25/2013 5:54:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/25/13 | JOE TACOPINO
    A passenger train derailed in Spain yesterday, killing at least 77 people trapped inside the crushed cars and injuring 143. There were Americans among the dead, according to television reports. The tragic high-speed derailment, along a curving stretch of track in the northwestern part of the country, was Spain’s worst rail accident in decades, officials said. Bodies were covered by blankets along the tracks as rescuers used pickaxes to pry open the cars and free people inside the train cars.
  • Rail disaster underscores risks in oil transportation

    07/09/2013 8:39:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    A deadly crude oil train disaster in Canada has brought renewed scrutiny to the growing use of rail to carry oil – including hundreds of thousands of barrels in Texas – and prompted worries that the higher volume will mean more accidents. Though rail proponents say moving crude by train is safe, federal regulators and others say that pipelines are safer, a stance that has played a role in the debate over the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas coast. And regardless of the relative safety of the two transportation modes, the mere fact that more crude...
  • Canada oil train disaster a lesson for Keystone XL opponents

    07/09/2013 7:19:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/09/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    American greenies imagine they can save the planet by stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the real world they will expose Mother Gaia (and human beings) to greater harm by forcing more oil to be transported by rail. Pipelines are far safer than rail transportation, as we are reminded by the horror that engulfed much of the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec in flames. Thirteen people are known dead, but as many as 50 are missing, while charred bodies still are being pulled from the ruins. This reality should haunt the nightmares of greenies, people generally given to...
  • They finally think we're cool after meeting Willie at the NRA speech

    05/04/2013 10:14:50 AM PDT · by onyx · 70 replies
    Sarah Palin Face Book ^ | May 4, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Funny... for the kids not being star-struck, they finally think we're cool after meeting Willie at the NRA speech...
  • Map Shows Where 220mph Trains Would Go in the U.S.

    03/04/2013 2:59:36 PM PST · by MeganC · 96 replies
    Mashable ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Charlie White
    Whether a high-speed rail system ever gets built in the United States is still up in the air, but if it is, artist and activist Alfred Twu has figured out exactly where those speedy rail lines should go. Twu started working on this map in 2009, when President Obama's plan to build high-speed rail was unveiled. "There were many such maps being made by various designers," says Twu, but since then he's updated the map with labels and put it on Facebook, and it struck a chord. It's gone viral. "With the huge response it's generated, I created a petition...
  • San Jose, CA light rail among the nation's worst

    12/27/2012 12:00:43 PM PST · by fifedom · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | 12/27/12 | Mike Rosenberg
    there was no grand celebration this month as Silicon Valley marked 25 years of light rail... The near-empty trolleys that often shuttle by at barely faster than jogging speeds serve as a constant reminder that the car is still king in Silicon Valley -- and that the Valley Transportation Authority's trains are among the least successful in the nation by any metric.
  • Historic weld links Central Corridor, Hiawatha LRT line

    09/06/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 9-3-12 | KARE11
    "This weld is our own version of the golden spike for the transcontinental railroad as it connects the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis," Fuhrmann said. "By connecting Central Corridor Green Line with the Hiawatha Blue Line, we will expand environmentally friendly, affordable transit options for residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the region."
  • Bill Clinton slams Romney 'misleading' welfare ad

    08/08/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/2012 | MAGGIE (THE BIGOT) HABERMAN
    Bill Clinton, after steering clear of the flap over Mitt Romney using him in an ad in which he accused President Obama of trying to "gut" the 1996 welfare reform act, responds tonight with a statement rapping the Republican:  "Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true.  "The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980.  When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states...
  • Twin Cities to host 2014 national transit advocacy conference

    08/02/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-2-12 | Frederick Melo
    Organizers of a national transit advocacy conference have chosen the Twin Cities as the host site for their fall 2014 event, which is expected to draw roughly 1,000 rail enthusiasts and transit planners from across the country. The "Rail-Volution" board of directors approved a joint proposal from the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Organizers say their next step is to find a Twin Cities conference site. The timing is no coincidence. In 2014, the Green Line -- currently more commonly known as the Central Corridor light-rail transit line -- will begin taking...
  • This is supposed to be an argument FOR high-speed rail?

    01/23/2012 1:42:23 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies
    A host of newspapers up and down the state have run an extremely long article that we guess is supposed to make a case for California’s boondoggle express, AKA high-speed rail. Did it occur to anyone what the bottom line is? It was 1,413 words into this epic, written by a Fresno Bee reporter and published in our paper, when the reader is given what we find to be the most pertinent of information: “There is no question whether (Spain’s system) can cover its costs. It cannot,” ...
  • High-speed rail, the third-fastest way to Chicago!

    01/18/2012 7:48:57 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-18-12 | joe soucheray
    E.R. Companion, of Eagan, writing to the editor in Sunday's Pioneer Press, wondered why our elected officials would commit to spending billions of dollars for a so-called high-speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Chicago. (Well, because they're nuts.) Companion was referring to a story that appeared Jan. 12 featuring the idea that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun studying environmental impacts along the 400-mile route, which would take passengers to Chicago, through Milwaukee, in an advertised five hours and 30 minutes. Companion wondered what was high-speed about that, and I could not agree more with his sentiment....
  • Bill Clinton Going on bill O'Reilly Show this Coming Week

    12/17/2011 12:49:15 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    EW ^ | December 16, 2011 | James Hibberd
    Former president Bill Clinton will appear as guest on The O’Reilly Factor for the first time. Fox News announced that Clinton will make his first official appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s program since Factor launched 15 years ago.
  • Jerry Brown will request billions for high-speed rail project (Anticipated cost now triple!!)

    11/14/2011 12:22:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I missed this during my travel to BlogCon 2011 in Denver, which I reached by airline travel — an economical and safe choice on a route served by multiple carriers and requiring little government subsidy to use. The competition for this route falls short of that for the Los Angeles-San Francisco route, though, where more than a half-dozen carriers offer flights between California’s two largest metropolises, complete with choices of departure and arrival airports on either end. Despite the lack of need for fast and reliable transportation between the two cities, Governor Jerry Brown told the LA Times editorial board...
  • City, Feds Dispute Spiraling Cost of San Francisco Subway Project

    11/07/2011 5:59:02 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    fox ^ | 11-7-11 | Claudia Cowan
    Voters approved the project in 2003, to replace a freeway damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Back then, the cost was $647 million. Today, the price tag is $1.6 billion, with the lion's share of the funding still to come from the federal government. In July, San Francisco's Civil Grand Jury concluded the project was poorly designed, won't meet projected ridership levels, and, as the scathing title of its report says, costs "too much money for too little benefit." At about $1 billion per mile, the Central Subway has become a driving force in Tuesday's mayoral election.
  • Bullet train Project Nearly Triples In Cost (High Speed Rail To Nowhere)

    11/01/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Mike Rosenberg
    With the Golden State nearly broke, it now plans to secure funding largely by borrowing more, the Associated Press reported, though specifics were unclear. About 20 percent would come from the private sector. Until now, the state had been relying on more than $15 billion from the federal government, $10 billion from private investors and $5 billion from local governments. But the state hadn't gotten any closer to raising the money in the three years since voters approved the plan. The bullet train project, which would link San Francisco and Los Angeles with the nation's first high-speed rail line, has...
  • Congress, Governors Nix Obama’s High-Speed Trains (The States know it makes no economic sense)

    10/13/2011 7:33:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/13/2011 | Michael Barone
    Dead. Kaput. Through. Finished. Washed up. Gone-zo. That, I think, is a fair description of the Obama administration’s attempt to build high-speed-rail lines across America. It hasn’t failed because of a lack of willingness to pony up money. The Obama Democrats’ February 2009 stimulus package included $8 billion for high-speed-rail projects. The Democratic Congress appropriated another $2.5 billion. But Congress is turning off the spigot. The Republican-controlled House has appropriated zero dollars for high-speed rail. The Democratic-majority Senate Appropriations Committee has appropriated $100 million in its budget recommendation. That’s effectively “a vote of ‘no confidence’ to President Obama’s infrastructure initiative,”...
  • Randal O'Toole of the CATO Institute speaking in Denver area, October 11th

    09/26/2011 1:08:53 PM PDT · by invaderzim · 3 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 9.26.11 | Hear Us Now
    Hear Us Now is pleased to host Randal O’Toole of the CATO Institute on October 11th. His topic will be, “The Best Laid Plans”: […]how government attempts to do long-range, comprehensive planning inevitably do more harm than good by choking American cities with congestion, making housing markets more unaffordable, and sending the cost of government infrastructure skyrocketing.
  • Fast Trains Sound Nice, But Who Will Ride?

    09/23/2011 5:21:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2011 | Staff
    Boondoggles: How can we tell if Congress is serious about reining in spending? A clear-cut, permanent defunding of high-speed rail would be one sign. But the pipe dream won't quite die. Sometime soon — or so we'd like to think — the fast-train fad will fizzle out, the victim of fiscal sanity and critical thinking. Just this week, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee controlled by Democrats actually voted to give high-speed rail nothing at all in the new fiscal year. That got our hopes up. Then the full Appropriations Committee mixed the message by approving $100 million for the program, which...
  • St. Paul: Union Depot construction jobs are touted as heart of Obama jobs bill

    09/20/2011 5:31:07 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9--20-11 | Frederick Melo
    It's a formula many officials at all levels of government hope to see repeated across the country. On Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Peter Rogoff, lead administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, joined Gov. Mark Dayton at the Union Depot to tout President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, which is moving through a divided Congress. The bill, they said, would invest heavily in infrastructure projects such as roads, rail and bridges, putting more unemployed Americans back to work, if only for a few months to a few years at a time. At its heart, a key question:...
  • Boondoggle in the Motor City: Detroit's Train to Nowhere ( Choo-choo! )

    10/17/2010 6:18:36 AM PDT · by Leisler · 88 replies
    Reason ^ | Oct 13, 2010 | Reason
    Youtube link.
  • Hiawatha Line contractors to pay $4.6M in hiring dispute

    08/25/2011 11:22:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 8-25-11 | DAVID PHELPS
    During construction of the Hiawatha Line, the joint venture in charge of the light-rail project told federal authorities that minority and disadvantaged subcontractors were being included. Now it has agreed to pay the government $4.6 million to resolve allegations that those claims were false. According to the Justice Department, Minnesota Transit Constructors Inc. violated the federal false claims act by telling federal transportation officials that it hired companies qualified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises to work on the light rail. The program helps businesses owned by minorities, women and other disadvantaged individuals obtain work on federal construction projects.
  • CA: Budget deal could jeopardize high-speed rail, clean-water programs

    08/03/2011 8:58:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/3/11 | Karen de Sá and Steven Harmon
    The federal government may have staved off the imminent threat of default Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed a bitterly fought budget deal, but the woes and uncertainty for states have just begun. In California, some of the most likely cuts include nutritional programs for low-income women and children, the federal portion of the controversial high-speed rail project, clean drinking water programs, and subsidies for farmers. Also potentially at risk are federally funded university research projects and military bases, policy-watchers said Tuesday after hastily reviewing the plan to cut national spending by $2.1 trillion over 10 years. None of the...
  • U.S. transportation secretary releases $77M in federal funds for SunRail

    07/18/2011 3:32:41 PM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 18 Jul 2011 | Dan Tracy
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood turned loose $77 million in federal tax dollars to help build the much-contested SunRail commuter train during a sun-baked ceremony Monday near one of the system's future depots. LaHood signed a fake document before a crowd of more than 300 people. But the stroke of the pen that counted occurred in an air-conditioned tent a few moments later. That opened the way for the first 31 miles of the $1.2 billion train to be up and running by May 2014. "When you get your act together, unbelievable things can happen. … And look what's happening:...
  • High Speed Rail Put on Fast Track (Michigan)

    05/12/2011 12:24:59 PM PDT · by sand lake bar · 37 replies
    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...
  • High-speed train trip going nowhere

    05/11/2011 12:52:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/11/11 | Dan Walters
    California's chronic inability to govern itself has made it an international laughingstock with a blistering article in the Economist, a highbrow British magazine, only the latest manifestation of that unfortunate status. The state now has another opportunity to either cement its image as a civic buffoon or begin acting like an adult. It is the disaster-in-waiting known as the high-speed rail project. On a whim, politicians and voters decided a few years ago that a bullet train connecting the northern and southern halves of the state would be a jim-dandy thing to have, even though nobody knew how much it...
  • 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....