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UPDATED: Jackson, Tennessee paper urges state to reject stimulus money

If that means more for Arkansas, then I support Tennessee refusing the money. After all, one must stand on principle.

I suppose this is an argument that should be encountered seriously, so let’s try. Here is the lnk. Check out the editorial for yourself.

It easy to take a principled position when you know for sure it does not stand a snowball’s chance in Hades. It’s brazenly political grandstanding. Hold your breath till you turn blue because you don’t like who won the election. Have we been through that before?

Tell ya’ what. If it were decided to restore Memphis-Knoxville-Charlotte service (which ain’t gonna’ happen, is it?) the Jackson Chamber of Commerce would have a position on stimulus funds and the newspaper would have an instant change of heart. On principle..

UPDATE: In another southern bastion of enlightenment, there is also a proud (arrogant?) show of principle. This from the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger.

Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Mississippi House voted Wednesday to bypass Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and accept all of the $2.8 billion in federal stimulus dollars available to Mississippi.

House Concurrent Resolution 64 certifies the state’s intent to request and use all of the money, even if Barbour rejects some of it. It cleared the full House after a three-hour partisan debate, with Democrats advocating the bill’s passage and Republicans arguing against it.


Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

Denver Union Station Improvements

The economic stimulus funds will be seen in the redevelopment of DUS. You can see all the details here.

While Amtrak is a long way from system expansion, even a second frequency would be very welcomed. That might be a schedule to accommodate a restored Pioneer which might connect with an Omaha-Des Moines-Chicago service.

The Montana restoration referenced below is getting a lot of discussion. While the Pioneer and Sunset are way ahead of  it on the priority list, there are good reaons to consider this as rail transit grows in the public mind.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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