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2014 Budget Proposal Released (High Speed Rail)


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JL
- 354 days ago - midwesthsr.org
President Obama has announced a dramatic, new reauthorization plan for Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) programs as part of his recently released 2014 budget proposal. The Administration clearly put major effort into the structure of the program,



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JL A. (269)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 6:08 pm
****************Take Action link in article at the site*************
Quote from article:
"The NHPRS has three components:

Current Passenger Rail Service (CPRS) program
essentially replaces the existing Amtrak rail grant funding structure
Rail Service Improvement Program (RSIP)
dedicated to developing new key passenger rail corridors, expanding and improving existing corridors
Research, Development, and Technology program

Can you click here to send a message to your Congressman right now to let them know you support the Obama Administration's proposal to fund high-speed rail?"
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:16 am
Thank you.
 

Glenn Byrnes (198)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:29 am
Thanks.
 

Marcel Elschot (43)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:01 am
Noted
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:34 am

Letter signed and sent to: Rep Mike Burgess, Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Three men that are strongly opposed in the US coming into the 21st century.



 

JL A. (269)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:20 am
You are welcome Robert and Glenn.
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day
 

Stephen Brian (24)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:38 am
I think the concentration may be in the wrong place, with the focus on passenger-rail. Unless it can somehow be made cheaper than driving or taking a bus, passenger-rail won't be used very much, high-speed or not. Look at what happens every time an expressway is built parallel to a railway. Americans already have roads, and when traveling, like to have their cars wherever they go.

I am happy to see some attempt to improve freight. Long-distance overland freight is cheapest by rail, and the bulkiest items being transported are food. If some of those savings get passed on to customers (through price-drops relative to inflation, or reduced inflation, if not actual dropping prices), that would help a lot of people.
 

Carol D. (98)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:57 pm
thanks noted
 

JL A. (269)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:46 pm
If you go to the data accessible through the website Stephen, you will get the facts to identify what is real vs. personal perception of misplaced focus.

You are welcome Carol.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:53 pm

I disagree with that Stephen, rail is going to even more important when it is fast efficient, and less costly than using an airline or a car. Both modes being less than beneficial to the environment.
 

JL A. (269)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:57 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Michael Kirkby (82)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:28 pm
I wonder if High Speed Rail could be used in place of the Keystone or any other pipeline?
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:13 pm
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Stephen Brian (24)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:57 pm
Hi JLA :)

From the website:
"The largest component of the NHPRS is the Rail Service Improvement Program. At $3.7 billion, it constitutes 55 percent of the Presidentís total 2014 FRA budget. $3.25 billion of RSIP is Passenger Corridors, a program area funding new or substantially improved passenger rail routes, including infrastructure, stations, and equipment for service upgrades. This program would also fund Positive Train Control on commuter railroads."

Also, looking throughthe numbers, in the first year, a grand total of 7% of the funding is not strictly for passenger rail. That includes all of the R&D, though some of it is certainly for passenger rail, and the entire RSIP outside of the funding which is specifically for passenger corridors.

Here's the math:
(3660 - 3250 + 55) / 6635 = 0.07008...

I'm going to have to say that if 93% of the new funding, according to the site which you provided, is for passenger rail, then the focus seems to be on passenger rail. What was that about some "personal perception of misplaced focus"?
 

Stephen Brian (24)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 6:11 pm
I recognize why it may not be immediately apparent why I consider freight so mucch more important, for railways in the U.S., than passenger rail. Here is my reasoning:

The bulkiest items in all of freight are food. There is so much shipping in the U.S. that a lot of that food must go by truck rather than rail, at increased cost. Those costs get passed on to the consumers. as a rule, the poorer the household, the higher a proportion of its income gets spent on food. Cutting the cost of food, shelter, energy, and any other basic goods which follow the same rule means helping poor families make ends meet.

On the other end of things, improving passenger rail means usually assisting people who travel from city to city., not exactly those who need assistance the most Aside from that, the continued heavy use of passenger rail is uncertain as different modes of transport compete and another may prove more efficient. (This problem does not really apply to freight because, for a few reasons I could get into if anybody really wants, railways have multiple major advantages over any road-based vehicle, aircraft, or ship which secure their future use specifically for freight.)
 
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