Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama on track?

When I first heard about Obama's plans to build a high speed rail network I thought: Great! I fully support this kind of initiative. But looking closer, I'm not impressed:
"The plan is no surprise, with $8 billion coming from January's economic stimulus package and $5 billion potentially coming from Obama's budget over the next five years.
Only $13 billion for high speed passenger rail over five years? Look at it this way: the stimulus package approached $800 billion. Not even 1% of this spending will go into such a smart and environmentally-friendly transportation initiative!

As usual, Obama's thinking is more or less on the right track, but he continues to think small and move too slow. These times call for a for bolder approach.

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