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Comment Re:Let a Private Company Do It (Score 1) 386

You got his point totally backwards. He wasn't saying that private industry should be the ones to do this type of project, he's saying that BECAUSE private industry has shown no interest, it must not be possible to do it profitably, meaning it is likely to be a money sink.

I am pretty sure that lots of private companies would love to be in the road building and maintenance business, I'll bet it's easy to make a buck there given the steady use those get, the proven tech, the low capital outlay.

Comment Re: Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 2) 474

You are simply mis-reading what is stated in that document. The US citizen parent had to be resident in the US for ten years (prior to the birth). How can I be so certain? I am in a similar category, but was born outside the US to a US mother and a father who had not been ten years resident in the US. I had, since birth, US citizenship until I renounced a few years ago.

Comment Re:Coast Starlight (Score 1, Insightful) 386

Why not start upgrading the track to run at 150 mph in segments and speed up the trip?

Because Amtrak is a corporate welfare basket case that will never come close to justifying itself economically. We have aircraft now. Passenger rail is for short-distance commuting, and it's barely cost effective at that.

If done correctly, high speed rail could work on the west coast.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

-jcr

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