Loving high-speed rail

A former radio host makes the case for high-speed rail — refreshing, considering Rep. Jeff Denham and other ideological Valley Republicans are doing all they can to kill it because — ooh — it’s big government and big spending.

Counters Bruce Maiman: “Opposition to government-subsidized rail systems isn’t new, but what’s rarely acknowledged is that it’s dwarfed by comparison to our government-subsidized car culture.

“As Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman explained to Congress in late 2012, the Highway Trust Fund has gotten $53.3 billion in federal subsidies. In the past four years.

“Amtrak’s federal subsidy? Nearly $1 billion. In its 42-year existence.”

His whole piece is strong. Read it here.

 

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