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June 13, 2011

High-Speed Hysteria

Obama and the Democrats continue to push high-speed rail on people that do not want it and do not need it. Over the weekend, Michael Barone spotted yet another of these pointless proposals.

Apparently, the Department of Transportation wants Iowa to help pay for a high-speed rail line from Iowa City to Chicago. The proposed line would average 45 miles per hour and complete the journey in about five hours.

Oh, one other thing. Cox reports that there is already luxury bus service, with plugs for laptops and wireless Internet, from Iowa City to Chicago. It’s part of a larger trend for private companies to offer convenient and inexpensive bus service. A one-way ticket on the bus costs $18, compared to a likely train fare of more than $50. And the bus takes only three hours and 50 minutes to get from Iowa City to Chicago. That’s one hour and 10 minutes faster than the “high-speed” train.

The bus will require less capital investment and actually turn a profit, compared to a high-speed train, which, if it goes like all other train projects have, will cost millions more than projected and never turn a profit.

Don't expect this to alter the technocratic train fantasy on the Left.


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