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gokeefe wrote: ↑Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:38 amWell said this is NOT the place for it.!!!!eolesen wrote:As an Illinois taxpayer, there are far more egregious examples of $$$ spent here with no apparent benefit. Teacher pensions come to mind...While I appreciate concerns about the state of education and children in Chicago this somment seems gratuitous and potentially beneath the dignity of this forum. I'm not a moderator nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express .... However, I do think the situation with this project is fundamentally unacceptable. Upgrades to hardware and software should be possible that will make the original goals achievable.
One thing that caught my attention was the mention of "seconds" with regards to data transmission. That would appear to be a very clear problem with bandwidth (or lack thereof) at data points along the line. To me this sounds like an issue that would be dealt with using fiber optics to the trackside infrastructure and imported computing power for the computer servers.
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eolesen wrote: ↑Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:01 am The quip about pensions was a sarcastic reflection of the harsh reality that the State's numerous obligations currently exceed their tax revenues, and have for quite some time.Maybe because they know (or at least believe) that passenger trains stimulate economic growth , and make towns and cities served more desirable places to live.
And yet, while the State is essentially bankrupt, y'all still show up here fawning about the possibility of new shiny trains zipping people on day trips to cornfield communities?
I'll say it again --- Illinois is broke. They've been going broke for over a decade, and it's getting worse. Those fundamental problems need to be addressed before the State starts investing in expanding rail...
David Benton wrote:$ 2 billion was not spent on this one line.Actually, yes. $1.9B just in public funds for this one line... Maybe more if you look at what UPRR and localities may have spent outside the grant money.
Illinois won $1.34 billion of the stimulus bill’s money. The state then scooped $300 million more from the same pot when Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin declined funds. Illinois’s government chipped in $300 million of state money.Sent from my SM-G981U using Tapatalk