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House GOP Pledging Weekly Spending Cut Votes — But Is It Enough? – FoxNews.com

And which of all the federal agencies is atop the list of offenders against GOP-Tea Party sensibilities? Read on…

House GOP Pledging Weekly Spending Cut Votes — But Is It Enough? – FoxNews.com.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics

High-speed-rail will be our generation’s legacy – Orlando Sentinel

A guest editorial in the Orlando Sentinel from Transportation Secretary LaHood. Maybe I will be wrong about Florida.

High-speed-rail will be our generation’s legacy – Orlando Sentinel.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

Pres. Obama speaks to Tamps news channel

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

Oklahoma outrage

This reader response from out in Oklahoma to the item on Ohio’s crackpot governor had to be moved to the front page. Enjoy.

Kasich fits the “asphalt cult” profile to a “tee,” like his brethren in Oklahoma — Inhofe, Coburn, Cole, former governor Frank Keating and his “asphalt Czar” Neal McCaleb. Having already hung their grandchildren with $40 billion in “unfunded highway maintenance requirement,” they quite deliberately relocated a downtown OKC segment of I-40 eight blocks off its historic path, making certain to reroute it right through the historic 8-block-long, 12-track-wide OKC Union Station rail yard, strategic center of the state’s rather unique publicly-owned 866-mile rail network. Project price (3.96 miles of road) has now strangely jumped far beyond the “$236 million” estimate to something well past $800 million (not counting the replacement cost of the passenger-rail yard). Oh — and the local MPO has spent around $400K “studying” a new rail humb for the metro. Trouble is — none of this could have been done without the aggressive cooperation of BNSF Railway Company, which, in its newfound

 

“post-deregulation monopoly status” has apparently become part of the “asphalt cult,” as well. Ahhh, there’s nothing like a “cult.”

 

(Notable, as well, that current “state transportation Czar Gary Ridley,” the “P.E. without a dee-gree,” as some of us call him, was brought back to ODOT prior to the departure of Keating Czar Neal McCaleb (for the shortest-and-strangest-in-history-tenure as Bureau of Indian Affairs Director under GW Bush) — from a five-year stint as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Asphalt Paving Association. Ridley has now been preemptively reconfirmed for another term by asphalt-cult puppet and governor-elect Mary Fallin Christensen…)

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

First high-speed rail tracks to reach Bakersfield

 

The first section of California’s high-speed rail line will link Fresno with Bakersfield, rail officials announced late last week.

Officials at the California High-Speed Rail Authority have confirmed that an additional $624 million announced Thursday from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow the initial segment to go from Corcoran to Bakersfield.

The first $4.15 billion segment was originally announced to run from just south of Madera through Fresno and end just north of Corcoran. Critics panned the announcement as a “train to nowhere.” High-speed rail officials said it will be the nucleus for rail lines that will eventually take bullet trains from San Francisco and Sacramento to San Diego on an 800-mile-long system.

The federal government required that the additional funds announced Thursday extend the line to Bakersfield, the authority said in a press release Friday. The additional money was made available after Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin rejected $1.2 billion in high-speed rail grants intended for those states.

 

First high-speed rail tracks to reach Bakersfield.

Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

Amtrak’s Cardinal Could See Daily Service Restored – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

Or it could be abolished by the new Republican congress.

Amtrak’s Cardinal Could See Daily Service Restored – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com.

Filed under: Amtrak

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