“Let’s Face It, High Speed Rail is Dead”

From a writer at New Geography:

“But beyond those philosophically opposed to HSR, some : high speed rail advocates have done themselves no favors either. They’ve resolutely backed pretty much any and every rail project regardless of whether it is potentially useful or an outright boondoggle. They’ve engaged in false advertising by labeling 110 MPH peak speeds as “high speed rail” instead of what it really is:Amtrak on steroids. (One of the more serious HSR advocates is Richard Longworth, who labeled the Midwest 110 MPH rail plan the “Toonerville trolley”). Nevertheless, Illinois is pocketing well over $1 billion of the HSR stimulus funds for this “high speed” system that will offer end to end journey times that are at best only slightly better than what’s already being provided today by Megabus — and that for only a handful of trains a day on a line still subject to freight interference.”

Craig Newmark

Associate Professor of Economics, North Carolina State Univ.

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