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Off the Rails




Wiggling through our various bureaucracies are two rail projects, the hi-speed train to Mean Ol' Frisco and the Broadway Trolley which may or may not become a trolley and may or may not stay put on Broadway. A HuffPo pastiche from a week ago gives credence to small-l libertarian types who don't want to build the big project, and blogtowntown informs that the little trolley that may or may not is hitting the very first phase of environmental impact scrutiny just today, with no less than 12 possible routes under consideration.

Rail projects did not figure very large in the New Deal, even though the rail industry was both fully mature and also still competitive with air travel through the Depression. Today--not so much.

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