$20 says Texas gets its high-speed rail project functional before California does.

Here are the details:

A new report from D Magazine quotes a Texas Tribune reporter talking about the high-speed train.

The report said a member of the Texas Transportation commission has confirmed that Texas Central High-Speed Railway is studying the possibility of a Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston rail line.

And here’s why Texas would beat California, if this project happens:

TCHR is a for-profit company.

Yup, I’m talking trash about both California, and the inability of government to measure up to private enterprise. So? (more…)


Anticipating the upcoming Great California High-Speed Rail Disaster of 2013+.

“+” because this is going to crash and burn for years.

Let me summarize this LA Times article discussing the looming …singularity… of fiscal destruction.

  • California wants a high-speed rail system which will apparently solve all of their problems (“Then why don’t they have one, already?”  “Because shut up, that’s why”).
  • This is scheduled to cost 68 Billion dollars.  $68,000,000,000.
  • It will cost more.
  • Meanwhile, the state is deep in debt – and it’s an open question whether Jerry Brown and his Merry Band of Democrats have actually managed to stabilize revenues.
  • For example, I am waiting (with more than a little morbid curiosity) to see what California’s actual 1Q 2012 tax revenues are like.  I suspect that they’re going to be… memorable.
  • But let’s get back to the high-speed rail.  It’s not built yet.
  • That’s fine; construction isn’t supposed to start for another six months…
  • Oh, wait, not all of the land for the railway has been purchased, yet.
  • Oh, wait, none of the land for the railway has been purchased, yet.
  • Which is why the start of construction has already been delayed.



#rsrh High-speed rail.

The Left is whining about it again [Link fixed.].  Speaking as somebody who’s actually used Amtrak in the past, let’s just establish this once and for all: it’s great for going from Manhattan to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and/or Washington DC… if you’re having work pay the several hundred dollars in fares that you need for a round trip.  If you’re don’t, it’s expensive.  If you need to go somewhere else than from city-to-city, you’re stuck.  If you rely on Amtrak for a daily commute, you are smoking crack.  If you have kids, then an Amtrak trip is excellent practice for dealing with the fires of Hell.

Bottom line, folks: urban types love high-speed rail because it more or less conveniently links the roughly .5% of the country that they actually care about.  The rest of us use this thing called an “automobile,” which is a marvelous device that likewise goes from city to city; plus, you can use it to do such different activities as facilitate shopping, explore rural and suburban areas, and engage in emergency transportation.  In a pinch, it even makes for an impromptu locale for fornication.

Try doing that on the Acela.

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