By Bruce McF Well, as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglay … and so when you consider the posting plans for The Sunday Train, which quite often fail to qualify among the best laid plans, disruptions should not be a surprise. Last y’all heard from me, I was […]
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By Bruce McF As you are probably well aware, the US Government is gridlocked, which means that for years and years, nothing has been getting done. However, because of appropriations for “High Speed Rail” way back in 2009 and 2010, things are being done right now. “Bullet train” High Speed Passenger Rail services often grab the headlines […]
By Bruce McF Sunday Train has long supported the Steel Interstate concept … but Sunday Train is “merely” an online activity composed of my online blogging in various forums and your discussion in various forums. However, since 2013, I have also been involved in the advocacy of the Steel Interstate concept in a more direct collaboration organized […]
By Meteor Blades “This is the 21st century, but our transportation systems are stuck in the 20th. One of four bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient or obsolete, more than half the miles we drive on federal highways are on roads in less than good condition and our transit systems are stretched beyond capacity. […]
By Bruce McF Hey, long time no see! The Sunday Train was on hiatus during the Chinese Fall Semester, as I had four sections to teach four hours a week with two new preps and one repeat prep, plus two weekend sections of an eight week intro to macro class for the International MBA (all […]
By BruceMcF It’s a quite odd alliance. The Sierra Club is fighting the Climate Suicide Club both on the side of Supply, with the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline as one example and the fight against the establishment of Coal Export Terminals in the Pacific Northwest and on the side of Demand, with the Beyond Oil campaign, which in the Green […]
By BruceMcF The big news on the High Speed Rail front this week is the effort by the California Legislative Analyst to prevent the High Speed Rail project in California from breaking ground. This is in two of their recommendations: Fund Only Needed Administrative Tasks for Now. … only appropriate at this time the $7 million in […]
By Bruce McF Indeed, high-speed rail is sexy enough that when Big Oil propagandizes against it, they have to paint it as too expensive or something that America is too incompetent to handle, since the idea of sitting in an actually comfortable rail seat, watching a movie on a laptop or snacking on a sandwich […]
President Obama: It’s time we took the money we spent on wars and use it for nation-building here at home.
Infrastructure spending used to be a no-brainer, the easiest bills to get through Congress. So the fact that today’s Republicans aren’t even willing to spend money to fix bridges in their home districts speaks volumes for just how much the Party of NO has screwed things up in Washington. In Washington today, President Obama took […]
It’s official. Wyoming’s Department of Transportation says it is no longer in the business of expanding the state’s highway system. The money just isn’t there. They’re going to put what resources they have into attempting to keep the existing roads repaired. As the DC Streets blog reports: “We’re beginning to look at our transportation system from a […]
We’ve told you how GOP governors in states like Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin have let ideology trump job-creation and rejected high-speed rail plans – and federal funding – for their states. Now, it looks like California may be derailing its own high-speed corridor, through a mix of NIMBYism and inertia.
How are the GOP governors who rejected high-speed rail projects doing? Buyer’s remorse has set in spectacularly swiftly – from Wisconsin to Florida, their approval ratings have a trajectory like locomotive plunging off a trestle.
The bad news: Those states handed the GOP the car keys and said “YOU drive for the next four years”. Now they’re stuck with the results.
It’s all over for high-speed rail in Florida.
The Tampa to Orlando line had the backing of everyone from business to the state’s Republican legislators; but Rick Scott, the new Tea Party-backed governor, blocked it as a “big government boondoggle”. Today the Transportation Department announced that the money will go elsewhere.
The pandering and posturing continue on high-speed rail. In Florida, Tea Party-backed governor Rick Scott ended weeks of dithering Wednesday and outright rejected the $2.4 billion in Federal funding for the Orlando to Tampa line, calling it a “boondoggle” the state couldn’t afford in these tough times. He follows in the footsteps of GOP anti-rail […]
The score so far: Ideology-driven governors in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Ohio have turned down scads of Federal money for rail projects. They say their states can’t afford the small portion they were slated to contribute, and so they have blown off more than a billion dollars in funding, and the job creation that would […]