$461 Million High Speed Train=13 Minutes

Just a bit of a follow up to yesterday’s story about the Feds offering $461 million in stimulus money for the train service between Raleigh and Charlotte (which no one takes)

Officials say the new service would cut travel time from Charlotte to Raleigh to less than three hours, even with seven stops along the way. However, the ride will only be 13 minutes faster.

By my calculations, that is $35.4 million per minute saved, for a trip that barely anyone takes in the first place. It might make more sense if they were building a high speed highway going across the middle of the state, horizontally, say, from Raleigh straight to Charlotte…..hey, why don’t we just shit can the passenger rail lines, and put a highway in! Lot easier than going NW out of Raleigh, through Greensboro, then heading SSW.

Meanwhile, the NC GOP, which controls both parts of the General Assembly, are looking to put the brakes on this waste of money, which would cost NC money in the future for little return.

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5 Responses to “$461 Million High Speed Train=13 Minutes”

  1. captainfish says:

    Quit making up your Capitalistic Imperialist lies.

    You’ve killed Mars already…… how much more suffering are you hungering for?!!?!?

  2. […] $461 Million High Speed Train=13 Minutes […]

  3. Trish says:

    That 13 minutes must be very very important…

  4. captainfish says:

    worth 461 million to someone. .. or was that millions of votes.

  5. About the only use I can see for the train is for people to take it to Charlotte for Panthers games, that way they can sleep their booze off on the way back to Raleigh.

    Interestingly, there were supposedly over 791K passengers taking the train in NC in 2010, but, doesn’t specify the # for between Charlotte and Raleigh http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/10/17/744939/train-ridership-jumps-in-nc-far.html

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