Thursday, September 30, 2010
When you don't have much else to talk about, hatch grand plans. They might carry you for awhile until people wake up to the emptiness. That at least is what Amtrak appears to be doing with this. There are some gaps in the plans like where Amtrak is going to find $117 billion, how it is going to negotiate right of way and eminent domain, how it is going to support public rail transportation -- a perennial loser even in Europe. It would be wonderful to have high-speed rail in the US, but there are strong reasons for why it hasn't been built. Those reasons haven't changed. Maybe Amtrak is trying to use its plans as a way to stimulate change. If so, they have a way to go.