This item appears on the Yahoo discussion group, “All Aboard.” This kind of material is just too good not to spread abound.
The point to be made is that my previous contention that so-called libertarian and conservative “think tanks” are for sale to the highest paying special interest. All of this has a direct bearing on the continuing dominance of all transportation discussions by highway and airport commercial interests.
While not the smoking gun of all times, it raises some questions and should raise some eyebrows.
The Buckeye Policy Institute, a libertarian, Cato-like institute, in Ohio has come out against the Ohio Hub with the usual biased information. However, one of the Institute’s co-founders and former president, Dr. Sam Staley, was involved in the economic impact analysis that was commissioned by the Ohio Rail Development Commission. Staley was involved through the consulting firm Gem Public Sector Services (the study was completed almost two years ago). Gem concluded that the project was economically sound and recommended the state pursue it.
Here is all the pertinent info
“The Ohio Rail Development Commission has engaged two teams of six noted
economists to verify that answer and see exactly how Ohio may benefit from new business and development generated by building the Ohio & Lake Erie Regional Rail/Ohio Hub Plan…The second team is headed up by Douglas Harnish of GEM Public Sector Services, with over 23 years in real estate development and evaluation. Joining him are economist *Dr. Sam Staley of Wright State University and former President of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions…”
“*Gem concludes that construction of high-speed passenger rail is economically feasible and justifiable assuming an 80% federal construction match. By feasible, we believe the economic benefits justify the investment and the project will not be a burden on the State biennial budget*…”
Here’s Staley’s bio from the BPI site: