The new Salt Lake City commuter line is just one project among many, many projects that the free market system is too heartless, blind and just plain dense to engage in.
Given the lack of direction in the Build America Bonds Act, this transportation bill ought to end up going nowhere.
Is S. 238 the right bill to start a renaissance in American rail transportation? I can’t say – S. 238 is not yet available to be read by the public.
What if the money being proposed for Wall Street and Detroit were utilized instead to fund a significant expansion of high-speed rail transportation?
The train is a much more enjoyable way to travel. There’s more leg space, and people are free to get up and walk, or use electronic devices, as they wish. Trains also use significantly less energy to get from one location to another, compared to airplanes. Moving from air travel to train travel is one way to cut a lot of carbon emissions.