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Riled about rail: Why all the anger over high speed trains? –

Riled about rail: Why all the anger over high speed trains? –

Much of the opposition to rail projects appears to stem not from economic arguments, but from fundamental cultural values on what “American” transportation should be.

A perusal of online commentaries about passenger rail stories reveals a curious linkage by writers between passenger rail and “European socialism.”

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

One Response

  1. Steve A says:

    Most of the commenters are missing the obvious – HSR might be viable and it might not, but regardless, government subsidizing highways and airports from general revenues affects the conclusion and we’re at a point where subsidizing transportation of any sort is no longer sustainable. If motorists have to pay the true and full costs to travel highways, their property and income taxes would be lower and rail might well be attractive for distances where jet transport speed doesn’t overwhelm all else.

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