No, not that.
Not that one either.
This time, it’s for regional high speed train service:
Undeterred, Isakson is about to reach across the aisle again, this time to John Kerry, the Democrat from Boston. The purpose: A revival of this country’s rail system, which — with luck — could give birth to a high-speed passenger train that would careen from Birmingham, through Atlanta, to Washington.
Before “the base” starts screaming about never ending subsidies, note the business model that underlies the concept:
Isakson said the bill would fundamentally alter our method of capitalizing rail transportation, putting it on a footing similar to the way we fund airports, freeways and seaports. Governments, a combination of state and federal, would acquire the right-of-way and build tracks. User fees would pay for upkeep, levied by private rail corporations that would live or die on their own performance.
I would just like to see some kind of “regional protection” placed on this bill, where “high growth” regions get a bigger share of the funding. I’m tired of the negative growth northeast getting all the big dig dollars while we remain stuck in gridlock as victims of our own success.