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A note of skepticism about high-speed rail

13

December

Howard Troxler: Look. Everything about me is supposed to be in favor of this train. I am a tree-huggin', urban-plannin', save-the-planet, transit-lovin' guy.

And yet, the idea of blowing $2.6 billion on an 85-mile "high-speed" train between two cities located 90 minutes apart by car (and even less from Tampa to Disney) …

Along with the usual claims that the thing will "pay for itself" with all the thousands of people who will ride it each day, at up to $30 a pop …

Along with our current Plan B that involves dumping the Tampa-bound passengers to catch a bus for wherever, especially now that Hillsborough has rejected a light-rail tax …

Along with the fact it's just too darned inconvenient to connect the thing to Tampa International Airport, while Orlando's airport is connected on the other end …

It's making me a little itchy, is all.


[Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 4:39pm]

    

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