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Mr. Kaine Goes to Washington

Anita Kumar

Gov. Tim Kaine talked high-speed rail today with Mr. Amtrak himself, Vice President Joe Biden.

Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was one of a handful of governors at the White House today to chat with Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The roundtable was billed as a unique opportunity for state leaders to share their ideas with the Obama administration about the future of high-speed trains in America.

"Everyone knows I'm a big believer in our nation's rail system -- I've devoted a big part of my career doing what I can to support it -- and I'm proud that this administration is about to transform that system fundamentally," Biden said in a statement.

In April, Obama released a plan that called for $13 billion in federal money to jump-start a passenger rail system.

Others governors at the roundtable were from Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts; Michigan; Missouri; Pennsylvania; and Wisconsin.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 3, 2009; 5:51 PM ET
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pork pork no one rides Amtrak its never made a profit the tax payer has payed its bills for years

Posted by: getsix1 | June 3, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

they have done research and the cost of building it would cost billions, they cant use old passenger rails. the high speed rails needs higher maintenance, the cost of a ticket would be high almost the cost of flying. that's why they have never tried to build one. bottom line it would be empty, which means joe would have a personal high speed rail, and the tax payer would be paying for two rail lines who would never be able to earn its own way

Posted by: getsix1 | June 3, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

It is not pork, it is an investment. Just like lending money to an entrepreneur is not the same as putting $5 in a homeless persons cup.

Yes, the ROI is questionable today and in the recent past. Largely due to the subsidized interstate highway system, airport infrastructure and fuel.

Concrete is generally good for 50 years, not the few highway bridges that have collapsed. The interstate system is expensive to maintain. All to facilitate manufacturing industries that questionably remain feasible in their traditional regions.

Once the interstate highway system is no longer an asset generating efficiency then what. The highspeed rail system fills this niche. And it is more efficient with resources and therefore more sustainable.

Posted by: granite1 | June 3, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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