07 Jul '12, 1pm

California Knows How To Party (On Rails) - Gas 2.0

California Knows How To Party (On Rails) - Gas 2.0

How many times a day will the train run? How much will a ticket cost? (I’m figuring by the time it’s all said and done – if it ever does get done, which I wouldn’t bet on considering the cost, lack of actual benefit beyond being cool tech, and ensuring cushy politically-connected jobs for the legislators that voted for it – the project’s going to run close to a trillion… so ticket prices will reflect that. You’ve got to at least attempt to persuade the taxpayer they’re getting their money’s worth.) And number three – How’s a bankrupt state like California going to hold up its end of the funding, and why should the rest of the country pay for this boondoggle? Look, I LIKE trains. They’re neat. It’s a peaceful ride. But economically, they’re flippin’ disasters in the US. Outside the NE, AmTrak’s a money pit. Even if the train is FULL they’re losing money hand over fist on th...

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