A Downpayment On High-speed Rail
President Obama yesterday announced plans to start working on a system of high-speed passenger rail routes along some of the nation's most-populous travel corridors.
We're writing an editorial for Monday about the importance of committing to this long-term project. If the nation invests over decades, Americans could eventually have a viable alternative to cars on highways, an alternative that is cleaner, faster and more efficient.
We'll also urge the commonwealth to make connecting Southwest Virginia to the high-speed lines a priority. We don't necessarily need high-speed trains here immediately, but we do need to be able to reach them when they come to Richmond or Charlotte. [link]
I can't wait to read this gem.
As everyone outside of the hallowed halls of the Times knows, existing cross-country passenger rail lines are little-used, extremely wasteful (in terms of energy consumption), and operate each year at a massive loss. If Amtrak didn't have those commuter routes in the northeast corridor, its annual losses would be staggering.
Virtually unused. Wasteful. Inefficient. A budgetary black hole.
So, as predictable as jock itch after a rockin' round of racquetball, the Roanoke Times wants to do even more of it!
Maybe they'll sober up after all that green tea binging and not print the editorial after all. Surely.