Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:54 am
The advocacy group, Corridor Rails has weighed in with a piece in support of the Connected US initiative and against the thoughts expressed in the Politico opinion piece noted earlier.
Incidentally, and as what should have been noted as a disclaimer, is that the site's apparent owner, James Coston, acquired much of the ATSF Hi-Level fleet after they were retired by Amtrak. He has attempted to sell these cars to one agency or the other without success.
Easy to advocate for something that might make you money if you do not have to pay for it! This is similar to AllEarth buying used RDCs, then advocating and hoping somebody else will lease them from them so some money can be made.
Passenger rail projects should at least be required to return in economic benefits what it costs to provide it. Some proposed rail projects in the past failed at the feasibility level, that includes all the social and economic hurdles with the then existing formulas, yet advocates keep at it!
If the project fails during the feasibility study, depending upon the politics, the formulas get changed so it passes the next time? That is not the way it should work.