Thanks for the compliment, CT. If this is such a good idea, then it will support itself without billions of our tax dollars. Guess what - it won't. Do you know how hard this country worked to build a platform to house the statue of liberty or to raise money to carve Mt. Rushmore? Now, we just write a check (aka borrow money from China). We cannot keep borrowing money to pay for projects like that that just don't make sense.
What about the fact that Richmond, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Charlotte, and all the cities in between do not have the public infrastructure required to support passengers arriving via rail? So, in 2020 when this thing is "ready", a business trip to Richmond looks like this (in today's $$'s): I take a cab from my house to the Raleigh train station ($35), a rail trip to Richmond ($120), a cab to my customer's office ($30), a cab to take them to lunch because I don't have a car there ($10), a cab back to their office ($10), a cab back to the train station in Richmond ($20), a return trip to Raleigh (included in price above), and a cab back to my house ($35). Did I save any money? NO. Did I save any fossil fuel? NO.
Folks, we are not in Europe (and don't want to be - remember - we left there about 250 years ago).
EXCERCISE COMMON SENSE AND TELL THE RAIL TO GO AWAY!!!
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