Thursday, February 12, 2009

There is Some Hope for America's Rail System After All!

I was just reading a Yahoo! News article on the U.S. fiscal stimulus and spending package when I stumbled across something that genuinely surprised me in the most pleasant of ways:

"In late-stage talks, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines, quadrupling the amount in the bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday. Reid's office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail might get a big chunk of the money."

If it passes, perhaps this will be one of the better parts of a bill that has been lambasted by many Republicans and a surprising number of Democrats alike, although chiefly in private by the latter.

Read one of my earlier blog posts--posted on the previous page on January 30--on the wealth of benefits such rail development would have. It is truly surprising that the bigwigs on Capitol Hill have finally realized this; I will be even more surprised, however, if such a big spending increase actually passes, despite all the rhetoric.

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