Elections and HSR

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As a half-hearted Republican, I was disappointed with the election of Walker in Wisconsin and Kasich in Ohio. Kasich is anti passenger rail and wants to return the $400 million for the 3-C project. That's a setback, but at least the money can be used by a rail friendly state.

Walker's agenda is more reprehensible. Let's take the money and give it to the highway contractors! Be interested to know how many of them contributed to his campaign. He says most Wisconsin people will never ride the proposed high speed train from Milwaukee to Madison. If you live in Milwauke, you might never travel on roads in Northern Wisconsin, for example. Since the early 60's passenger rail is second rate since most transportation money goes for poorly constructed highways which are eroded by large trucks. Eisenhower should have earmarked 1% of highway funds for strategic rail route infrastructure. Another 1% of money for airports could have funded passenger equipment. If so, We would not be discussing this today.
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Good article, thanks! New York received little of the HSR money. Maybe they could take the old Talgos and repair them at the Wisconsin plant in addition to buiding new ones.


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Lacking a public willingness to fund the service and fore go the private auto, passenger rail will continue to be an election year pawn. A glitzy sound bite when politicians need to spread some pork and an easy target when it’s time to talk tough on spending.

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