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Christie Kills Hudson Train Tunnel Between New Jersey and New York – NYTimes.com

Just another note for today. Scroll down two items for the bigger picture.

I do not claim to be an expert on this project, which has been more than 20 years in the planning. Furthermore, I am fairly certain that the proposed tunnel has some major flaws, BUT rail capacity into New York City is at a stage that demands immediate attention. This one won’t go away.

Christie Kills Hudson Train Tunnel Between New Jersey and New York – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

GOP Young Guns: Balance Budget With Cuts To Amtrak Sleeper Cars, Child Nutrition (VIDEO) | TPMDC

I post this only to give an example. Let us please not wear everybody out with the detailed rational discussion. Please scroll down to the item immediately below.

GOP Young Guns: Balance Budget With Cuts To Amtrak Sleeper Cars, Child Nutrition (VIDEO) | TPMDC.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

Railing Against Rail – NYTimes.com

Paul Krugman has a good essay looking at why conservatives hate passenger rail. He misses a few political points

  • Amtrak is an easy mark. It has few resources to fight back and almost all of the proponents are regular people, private citizens with limited resources. Conservatives are represented by K Street lobby firms
  • Passenger rail is powerfully symbolic of subsidized public service. Therefore, it must be bad.
  • Passenger rail goes against the traditional railroad corporate “public be damned” attitude. The existence of even one passenger train on a “host” line represents a cancer on the body of professional bean counters.
  • Passenger rail hints at a common life. We all get on a train at a particular time and off at certain set stations. This opposes the notion of American individualism.
  • It looks European and, therefore, must be bad (perhaps subversive). Seriously.
  • In the zero-sum world of airline and highway lobbies, every dime that does not go to roads or airports is a total waste. The rest of the economy can work around the entrenched special interests.
  • Passenger rail, in some regions, serves a substantial number of racial minorities, therefore it is another “give away” program and obviously bad.
  • Passenger rail represents change.
  • Passenger rail appropriations somewhat hint at the possibility that human beings should be better stewards of the earth.
  • Passenger rail is not mentioned in the Constitution, therefore, it is bad.

But, Krugman did not miss everything. Here goes.

Railing Against Rail – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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