High speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison is projected to reach speeds in excess of 79 miles an hour. Ooh. Aah.
Your tax dollars at work. $810 million of it, or about one-tenth of the total high-speed rail dollars in the stimulus bill, to be spent so a train can go from Milwaukee to Madison at freeway speeds.
Meanwhile, California’s debt-financed high-speed rail transport project has yet to lay a single track, is over ten billion dollars short of the money needed because people forgot to account for inflation when they asked the voters for bonds, and will need to charge fares higher than commuter flights for transit between the two biggest economic hubs of the project, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Which is all a damn shame, because I’ve seen in Europe just how awesome a real high-speed train line can be, how it can spur tourism and economic activity. But our friends in Europe invested in rail at the right time; we made other choices about how to invest in our infrastructure.
So now high speed rail in the U.S. is “Reinvestment in America.” Are you feeling’ in yet?