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Old April 16th, 2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Obama Unveils Plan to Fund High-Speed Passenger Rail

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1239...gle_wsj_gadgv1


President Barack Obama on Thursday set U.S. transportation policy on a new course, announcing at least $13 billion to enhance passenger rail service as an alternative to clogged highways and overcrowded airports.

"Building a new system of high-speed rail in America will be faster, cheaper and easier than building more freeways or adding to an already overburdened aviation system, and everybody stands to benefit," Mr. Obama said, speaking at an event in Washington before leaving for Mexico.

Mr. Obama was flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time Amtrak rider who looked visibly moved, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who submitted a strategic plan to Congress on how the administration plans to carry out its vision. The plan, which includes an $8 billion grant program in the economic-stimulus bill and an additional $5 billion that Mr. Obama wants to allocate over the next five years, is particularly good news for states struggling to maintain existing rail corridors. It also holds out hope that states like California, which has a $30 billion plan with trains capable of traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco in two hours, will receive grants to accelerate their programs. Manufacturers of rail cars and locomotives also stand to benefit from bolstered passenger rail service.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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More Obama fail.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Good idea IMO. It would be a great alternative to airline travel for those who cant afford it or dont like planes. Some of the super trains in europe can go +200mph. That would make NY-LA a ~12 hour trip (assuming non-stop).
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:08 PM   #4
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Good idea IMO. It would be a great alternative to airline travel for those who cant afford it or dont like planes. Some of the super trains in europe can go +200mph. That would make NY-LA a ~12 hour trip (assuming non-stop).
Great, I always wanted my tax $$ to subsidize someone else's trip.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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Great, I always wanted my tax $$ to subsidize someone else's trip.
Might as well add the trip to the list you are already paying.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #6
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Have you ever been to Germany or France? The High Speed Trains are a great way to travel.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 06:04 PM   #7
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Great, I always wanted my tax $$ to subsidize someone else's trip.

That's the same gripe everyone said when they started the Interstate highway system.

There is one of these systems currently under consideration linking the metro detroit area. Don't remember the details, one of the issues is the state granting rights to using the interstate easements as a pathway.

In the long run, its coming. Just a matter of when.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #8
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umm, doesnt the government already subsidize the rail system, for passenger trains that is, becuase it doesnt get enough riders to be profitaable?
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Old April 19th, 2009, 03:27 PM   #9
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"velcome to obamva-rail. papers please"
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Old April 19th, 2009, 04:33 PM   #10
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Sound good to me.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #11
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Sound good to me.

You mean the part with the Obama Hitler accent....I liked that to...
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Old April 19th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #12
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No, the high speed train part.

The Hitler part was stupid.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #13
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It's all bullshit.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #14
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the Hitler part was funny...and I like trains
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Old April 19th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #15
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I like when people use colored font that makes it almost impossible to read.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #16
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No, the high speed train part.

The Hitler part was stupid.

OH...
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Old April 20th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #17
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europe has special rails for their high speed trains that they built after ww2. we have none of these systems in place. we would have to either build a whole new rail system or take all 40 mph freight trains off the tracks. just more of obama's black magic to keep the stupids busy.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 07:49 AM   #18
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Yeah, it costs a lot of money initially but won't it be better for the congested highways?
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:01 AM   #19
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Yeah, it costs a lot of money initially but won't it be better for the congested highways?
cost isnt even the biggest factor. the european trains are on designated tracks that are designed for these trains. it would take years and billions to build new tracks. we would be better off using that money to upgrade and repair our highways.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #20
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cost isnt even the biggest factor. the european trains are on designated tracks that are designed for these trains. it would take years and billions to build new tracks. we would be better off using that money to upgrade and repair our highways.
or in your case to build a giant waffle iron to feed your fat ass
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