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Why Freight Rail Pays and Passenger Trains Flunk

Cepat2 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 5:51 PM
Bakersfield is 125 miles away from Los Angeles CA, the single largest metropolis in the West. Fresno is just about 215 miles away from Los Angeles CA, in the WRONG direction from the single largest metropolis in the West. I can drive from Fresno to Bakersfield in a little over an hour. It takes two and a half hours to drive across Los Angeles...on a good day. In the pantheon of stupid and wasteful ideas by government this is among the top two. This is a buy off of the unions and rich property developers who supported Governor Moonbeam and the Dear Leader in the last election.
Cepat2 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 5:54 PM
If you follow the money on this travesty you will see familiar names like...Peolosi, Boxer, Brown, and others. Someone said that the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits. This black hole is bound to grow to much more than 100 Billion dollars...and all will find it's way into Democratic politicians pockets via their supporters. GK Chesterton said it best; "it is apalling how few politicians are hanged".
Forty years ago, American railroads were in trouble. The Penn Central, the largest railroad, had recently gone bankrupt.

American freight rail was technologically obsolescent and hamstrung by union rules and government rate regulation. American passenger rail was unprofitable and unreliable.

Freight rail was losing business to trucking firms. Passenger rail was losing out to cars on the new interstate highways and airplanes on long routes.

The past 40 years have seen a laboratory experiment on how to revive railroads. Government has gotten out of freight rail, while passenger rail has become largely a public sector function.

We've had a chance to...