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... ideologues, and given what the ideologues are trying to accomplish, there was nothing stupid about preventing Florida from building a rail corridor that would never cost the state one red cent in operating subsidies ... having that corridor running, and being taken by millions of Americans visiting Disneyworld each year, would have been very bad for the success of their propoganda.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:20:33 AM EST
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There are also lots of industry conferences held in Orlando, and every travel reimbursement voucher form I have ever seen has a check box for "train." If Florida had any sense, they would be begging Amtrak for special trains set up to bring business people from NYC and DC down to their off-season resorts.
by asdf on Mon Aug 15th, 2011 at 05:32:31 PM EST
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Walker was not taking his marching order from Disney or the Central Florida business community ~ they were both pissed off by the decision.

Longer term, I think Walker is going to discover that a Florida Republican politician does not piss off Disney Corp.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Aug 15th, 2011 at 06:20:18 PM EST
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What's Lex Luther Up To?
To recap: Scott cancels a high-speed rail project that would not have cost the State a dime -- but approves an Amtrak-style `Sunrail' service requiring enormous operating subsidies.

It is almost as if there were a conspiracy in this country to cancel good transit projects, and fund bad ones.



Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:52:49 PM EST
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The Sunrail was not necessarily a bad project, though the cost was inflated ... why, provide a closed platform station with the HSR, and it could well have been very useful.

Oh, wait, they cancelled the HSR which would have made the SunRail useful. Never mind.

The HSR would have used right of way long held by the FDOT for that specific purpose ~ the SunRail used Class I railroad right of way with what some suggest was a sweetheart deal for the right of way owner.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:57:21 PM EST
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