Tuesday, January 22, 2008

WMDs, Global Warming, and Light Rail

What are, "things the Bush administration has lied to the American people about", Alex!

Thanks to Trains for America for reporting the administration's expungement of a section of a Surface Transportation Commission Report arguing for investment in electric rail transport.

You can read the the censored truth about light rail here.

The passage, incidentally, was penned by noted conservative transit booster Paul Weyrich, who is furious. I guess in this case, even Nixon couldn't go to China (to paraphrase the Vulcan proverb).

Actually, this attention is a bit flattering, and in an upside-down-way, a sign that rail transit is being taken more and more seriously. Why else would the administration feel the need to bury a few paragraphs recommending light rail, except that the need for non-automotive ways of getting around American cities is getting to be so real, and the failure of highway-centric development is becoming so obvious, that they and their oil-besotted cronies are starting to get scared that a paradigm shift in transportation investment might actually happen!

1 comment:

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I think we haven't seen the end of these fireworks. They only get hotter.