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  •  ok it was $350Billion in 1987 (0+ / 0-)

    It was still a debt catastrophe.
    Still, I live in Cali, and the idea that you can build a downtown to downtown rail line strikes me as ludicrous. And, I don't see any environmental advantage, I still don't see any ridership (Stockton to Bakersfield is their proposed first line. I kid you not.) and you still haven't addressed the issue of power source.
    And, whether it's operating costs, infrastructure costs, capital costs or whatever, I still think if it would make money in any way, private capital would be all over it. Like they are when you want to build a new football or baseball stadium (hmm, yeah, they want humungous subsidies for that, too).
    And try a 100ft corridor in this country, where any anti-gov't crazy could stop a TGV for a month with one shot.

    " In England, any man who wears a sword and a wig is ashamed to be illiterate. I believe it is not so in France" Sam. Johnson, per Boswell

    by Mark B on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 06:17:37 PM PDT

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