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GOP bill taking aim at Amtrak – NorthJersey.com

GOP bill taking aim at Amtrak – NorthJersey.com.

This proposal is such a joke.

     

GOP bill taking aim at Amtrak

Monday, July 4, 2011    Last updated: Monday July 4, 2011, 2:57 PM
The Record

Amtrak, the perennial target of Washington conservatives, is in the crosshairs again. And this time the ammunition is the promise of high-speed rail.

The House transportation committee will likely vote this month for a bill to separate the Northeast Corridor from Amtrak so private companies can bid to build and run high-speed service between Boston and Washington within 10 years.

A successful bidder would have to double the number of trains and get from Washington to New York in two hours or less.

And how many years will it take to replace the Baltimore tunnels? Or rebuild bridges? Or acquire right-of-way? Of course, in the childlike world of Tea Party fantasy, you just say something and it is so.

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

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