New GOP Takeovers Worry Public Transit Advocates

Dave Orrick at the PiPress takes a very good look at the potential threats to public transit since the midterm elections.  Good news?  Central Corridor planning looks like it’s full steam (voltage?) ahead.  Bad news?  Nothing’s safe from hold-ups, road blocks or stalemates.

Update: Looks like F&C also looked at Southwest LRT chances of coming to fruition.

27 thoughts on “New GOP Takeovers Worry Public Transit Advocates

  1. justpbob

    It’s not just public transit projects that are in peril. Pleanty of speculation about the election’s effect on solar, wind and biofuels, too.
    The only industies that are safe with this new Congress is Big Oil and King Coal, it would seem.

  2. noodleman

    @justpbob: And Big Business. These people don’t have blinders; they are simply blind. Their agenda is so short-term I bet they don’t even know (or care) what they’re having for dinner tomorrow.

  3. Rat

    You guys are fretting like old women. From what I read of the piece, the Central Corridor train seems to be a fairly safe project with support from both Republicans (Kline) and Democrats.
    What may not survive are these hideously expensive high-speed rail lines that are dubious to begin with. At tens of billions of dollars a throw, there has to be some common sense. The city pairs are already well served by airlines. 
    I’ll go back to this Samuelson piece that Bob dismissed, probably without even reading it. 
    “Somehow, it has become fashionable to think that high-speed trains connecting major cities will help “save the planet.” They won’t. They’re a perfect example of wasteful spending masquerading as a respectable social cause.” 

  4. cubbie

    they’re simply taking a closer look at the projects and determining if it’s the best way to spend our money.  how this qualifies as “bad news” i have no idea.   or have we already determined a rail line between mpls and hinckley just can’t wait another minute?

  5. Rat

    You guys fret like my mom when I tell her we’re driving up for Thanksgiving in bad weather. From the what I read the story, the Central Corridor has pretty broad support from Republicans (Kline) and Democrats. Funds might get tied up here and there, but I don’t think you’ll have to worry about it. Another inefficient, highly subsidized rail line will get justified somehow. 
    What will probably be in trouble are this hideously expensive high speed rail projects that are Pork that moves at 205 mph. Between city pairs that are already served well by airlines. 
    I’ll call attention one more time this Samuelson piece that Bob dissed, probably without even reading it. 
    “Somehow, it’s become fashionable to think that high-speed trains connecting major cities will help “save the planet.” They won’t. They’re a perfect example of wasteful spending masquerading as a respectable social cause. ”

  6. Dougie_D

    High Speed rail will look better and better as more and more people get a prostate exam before getting on the commuter jet to Chicago.

  7. Ed Kohler

    Any politican who talks about how to get more cars to downtown and back rather than how to efficiently get more people to downtown and back is someone who’s lost focus. Or, as has been stated above, is actually blind to their ignorance.

  8. noodleman

    “They’re a perfect example of wasteful spending masquerading as a respectable social cause.”
    I wonder how many of these anti-transit people have favored wasteful spending on a war in Iraq that was masqueraded as a respectable social cause? Seems to me that kind of money could’ve been better, and more respectfully, spent.

  9. Rat

    It’s getting to Christmastime, ‘Nood and lawmakers and kids across the country are asking Santa Claus for a new train. 

  10. a reader

    getting an insight into “the Rat’s” tortured comment editing process in nice.  establishing high speed rail lines now will be extremely valuable when the economy recovers and the price/scarcity of oil becomes an issue again.

  11. Rat

    No. It will not be extremely valuable now, it will be extremely expensive now. But if an individual state thinks it could be valuable, it can pay for it. 

  12. Dougie_D

    Rat will it be cheaper in the future?  Is there an untapped slave labor work force of Irish and Chinese that we don’t know about?

  13. Dougie_D

    Actually with the complete lack of vision/plan by the Republicans I see a future of massive pot holes and terrible roads.  Maybe investing in a suspension repair business now might reap massive profit in the near future.

  14. justpbob

    A Texas cowboy lay down on a barroom floor,Having drunk so much he could drink no more;So he fell asleep with a troubled brainTo dream that he rode on a hell-bound train. The engine with murderous blood was dampAnd was brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp;An imp, for fuel, was shoveling bones,While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.
    The Hell-Bound Train
       Author Unknown

  15. Rat

    Hey, Hope and Change!
    Can you do this?
    “Give me snuff, whiskey and Swedes, and I will build a railroad to hell. ”  James J. Hill. 

  16. justpbob

    It gets better. The Devil is the Conductor, As the tormented souls on board cry for the train to stop as they near the Gates of Hell, re replies:
    “My faithful friends, you have done the workAnd the devil never can a payday shirk.
    “You’ve bullied the weak, you’ve robbed the poor,The starving brother you’ve turned from the door;You’ve laid up gold where the canker rust,And have given free vent to your beastly lust.”You’ve justice scorned, and corruption sown,And trampled the laws of nature down.You have drunk, rioted, cheated, plundered, and lied, And mocked at God in your hell-born pride.
    “You have paid full fare, so I’ll carry you through,For it’s only right you should have your due.Why, the laborer always expects his hire, So I’ll land you safe in the lake of fire.

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