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#1 CHamilton

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 03:42 PM

Obama's proposed high-speed rail network stuck in station


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 06:30 PM

At least tell us the publication & url. IPad opens the link only for a sec. Trying 4 times told me it's The Hill. I will try Google

OK http://www.freerepub...s/3374932/posts

Edited by Chaz, 20 December 2015 - 06:32 PM.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 06:50 PM

The Hill

http://thehill.com/p...tuck-in-station


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:05 PM

Why do republicans hate trains?  They love cars, planes, and are even okay with buses.  But there is something about trains that they just CAN'T STAND!  What is it?



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 12:24 AM

Why do republicans hate trains?  They love cars, planes, and are even okay with buses.  But there is something about trains that they just CAN'T STAND!  What is it?

Passenger trains do NOT give campaign contributions.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 09:20 AM

Try not to paint all Republicans with such a broad brush. Trent Lott, Ray LaHood, and others come to mind, as do governors of VA, NC and other states. We need to be fair and recognize allies on both sides of the divide.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 10:57 AM

Try not to paint all Republicans with such a broad brush.

The article mentions Republican Governors and Republicans in Congress blocking the rail plans.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 11:35 AM

Also Republicans seem to have a particular issue with Amtrak. They have been more supportive of passenger trains in their local domains which are not Amtrak operated. OTOH there have been significant powerful Democrats in a very blue state like NJ who have vehemently opposed addition of new train service, one of them allegedly because it would compete with a bus company that he had interest in. Fortunately at least he has departed this world in peace.

 

Just like with any other issues, painting with a broad brush will cause one to miss the details and nuances and sometimes lead to hopelessly wrong conclusions about how to advance the cause of passenger trains.

 

For example the Southern Rail Group which is pushing for restoration of passenger service along the Gulf Coast counts among its supporters several Republicans including a US Senator (according to one of our friends at Amtrak), who played a significant role in pushing Amtrak to complete the study.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 01:11 AM

The California High Speed Rail Blog responds to the original article.

http://www.cahsrblog...amas-hsr-plans/


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