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U.S. high-speed rail ‘myths’ debunked – CNN.com

U.S. high-speed rail ‘myths’ debunked – CNN.com.

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

Obama’s High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal

WASHINGTON — As part of the final budget deal formally agreed to on Friday night, the Obama administration signed off on a big cut to a closely held transportation policy priority.

Multiple Hill sources from both parties confirm that the final continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through the end of September will include a $1.5 billion cut in funds for the planned national high-speed rail system

You need to realize two things. Republicans MUST destroy HSR and make sure it is not only merely dead but really and sincerely dead. The discussion has nothing to do with transportation policy and everything to do with destroying and humiliating Pres. Obama.

Secondly, Obama would compromise anything away. If you don’t believe me, just hang around till later this year when he throws every elderly person in this country under the bus by allowing the “temporary” cut in SSI payroll taxes to become permanent. This assures that SS, which is not a driver of the deficit, will quickly become underfunded.

In the bigger scheme of how bad things are (and are going to be) HSR is absolutely meaningless. Pay the band and turn out the lights. The party is over.

Obama’s High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal.

ALSO, my daily Arkansas based podcast, Lynched!, has a segment on HSR that is about 9 min. into the program. I often deal with national politics here in addition to things of a more local interest. You might want to subscribe for the items of a winder interest. Follow this link for the cast with the relevant material.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, United States High Speed Rail

China’s High-Speed Rail Threatens Domestic Airlines

Well, duh? Why do you think we don’t have HSR in the USA?

China’s High-Speed Rail Threatens Domestic Airlines.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

“This Is the Renaissance of Rail.” – CFO Magazine – April 2011 Issue – CFO.com

Pass that bong over here!

Amtrak, the $2.5 billion government-owned railroad that carries the bulk of the nation’s rail passengers, faces multiple battles of its own, including aging cars and infrastructure, and a continuing reliance on government subsidies. Despite these challenges, Amtrak finance chief D.J. Stadtler, who assumed the post in February 2009 after a career divided between government service and his family’s central Virginia engineering firm, says good things are happening at the nation’s passenger-rail company.

“This Is the Renaissance of Rail.” – CFO Magazine – April 2011 Issue – CFO.com.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

Conservative argues for faster intercity passenger rail service | Richmond Times-Dispatch


Conservative argues for faster intercity passenger rail service

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Conservatives should take the lead in bringing back passenger trains and street cars, the director of the Arlington-based American Conservative Center for Public Transportation said Wednesday during a visit to Richmond.

“Conservatives know that what worked once can work again,” said William S. Lind, who made the conservative case for intercity and higher speed passenger rail before the Southeast High-Speed Rail Association at the Colony Club.

Rail advocates lost our best friend when Paul Weyrich died, but you can read the story of a similar but less powerful figure.

Conservative argues for faster intercity passenger rail service | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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

Burlington Zephyr 1934

Here is a file clip from May 26, 1934. On this date, the Burlington Zephyr ran Chicago-Denver in 13 hours, dawn to dusk. It peaked at about 112 mph. At the time, 115 mph was the North American record. The average speed that day was 77 mph.  As you can imagine, we have come a long way since – backwards. I am sure today’s average on the same tracks is well below 60 mph.

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

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