There is a story of two very progressive hacks by the name of Lautenberg and Menendez they want more choo choo trains that go fast. But it seems they could care less what the state they were elected to represent thinks and will do whatever they want. They sat in a dark room with Amtrak and hatched a deal to use Amtrak's (read as Federal Money) to get the ball rolling on a commuter tunnel between New York and New Jersey. They and an Amtrak official made a big deal out of the announcement and even talked about high-speed rail. Noting that the infrastructure of the current tunnels and bridges was too old to support high-speed rail. For the life of me I could not figure out how Amtrak was going to pay for the tunnel and high-speed rail.
That quandary was answered today when VP Joe Biden (who regularly rides the trains we pay for) announced that even though we are trillions in debt and running the biggest deficit on record they found a little bit of money to help build more really fast trains to get Biden to work faster. Reuters reports it this way.
U.S. plans to inject $53 billion into passenger rail
By David WarnerReutersupdated 2/8/2011 3:59:12 PM ET 2011-02-08T20:59:12
PHILADELPHIA — Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion U.S. program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six years.