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Originally posted by cautiouslypessimistic
I'm not a huge obama fan, but you all are in such a hurry to bash him that you are overlooking his good ideas.
Today's rail tech is more more economical and efficient, not to mention green, than an time in history. A rail system like this would revolutionize the shipping industry, as semi truck would no longer have to be the main source of shipping.
Auto factories could easily be retrofitted to produce trains, rails and equipment, and the maintenance on such rails is minimal.
Thousands of jobs would be created, it would cut pollution, traffic, and the cost of road maintanance, and would streamline the shipping industry.
Where the downfall? Because it would cost money to start up? Sorry friend, but to stimulate an economy, you HAVE to put money into it.
Originally posted by poet1b
Invisible Hand of the Market
We should build an Idol, and have a virgin sacrifice. Yeah, that's the solution. Find your favorite corporate logo, and bow down and pray to it, and maybe it will save you.
Any of you people ever read any history? De-regulation is what created our current economic fiasco, just like deregulation created the Great Depression. There are legitimate reasons to have rules that govern our economy.
You people ever hear of an Interstate Highway? How do you think those things were created? Ever see anyone working on those roads?
Our current transportation system exists because it is extremely profitable to corporations. Cheap oil is running out, and the current biggest problem with the U.S. as a nation is our dependence on oil. Changing our transportation infrastructure makes more than good sense, it is what needs to happen.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by justsomeboreddude
We didn't have the money to fight WW II, but we did it. We didn't have the money to build our nations Interstate highway system, but we did it, and paid back the money we borrowed to fight WW II.
As a nation, we used to believe in ourselves, but now, it seems we have too many people willing to give up and cry about how government has created all the problems. Well, we can cry about our situation and blame government, or we can do something to change the situation and makes ourselves a stronger nation.
Are we a nation of quitters and losers, or are we a nation of doers and winners?
Taxpayers are picking up more than 90 percent of the tab for a lucky few commuters riding Charlotte's LYNX light-rail line, despite the trains' limited public benefit for traffic congestion, air quality, or land use. That's a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report.
"When you combine both operating and capital costs, the total cost per trip on Charlotte's LYNX line is about $6.90, and the weighted average fare is about 60 cents per trip," said the report's lead author, David Hartgen, Emeritus Professor of Transportation Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "That means the taxpayer is subsidizing about $6.30 of every trip taken on the LYNX line. Riders are paying just 8.7 percent of the cost."
Final LYNX construction costs total about $521.85 million, said Hartgen, who is also president of The Hartgen Group and a JLF adjunct scholar. The 9.6-mile, 15-station LYNX train line opened along Charlotte's South Boulevard in November 2007 after nearly a decade of planning and construction.
"The project's construction costs grew substantially," Hartgen said. "When voters approved the project in 1998, the official cost was $227 million. The final cost, $522 million, represents about a 130 percent overrun. This is somewhat higher than the average 104 percent cost overrun for major transit projects around the world."