Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Being Railroaded . . .

A couple stories appeared this week about Amtrak CEO Boardman's talk to the Rome Chamber, one in the OD, the other in the Sentinel. Mr. Boardman, who lives in Rome, wants to see a high-speed rail stop in Rome, as well as Utica.

Could Herkimer and Little Falls be far behind? Weren't they originally planning to go from Albany to Syracuse with no stop in Utica?

From the Sentinel comes this precious quote:
"It’s what you need here for the future," said Boardman of Rome’s station. "You need frequency." But Rome also needs support from the state, because no system makes money, so there has to be public money to support the operations of the system built to serve passengers.
No system makes money? Public money must support operations?

If the system will not be able to sustain itself, then what need could it possibly be filling that is not already being met by other means?

Why are all these officials pushing for something that is not needed? And not pushing for something that IS needed (merely to put us on a par with the rest of the country): Removal of the Thruway Tolls?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great question. The Boardman position is so typical of someone who does not have to show a profit but instead relies on the taxpayer. And a high speed rail that stops within 15 mile locations is almost as funny as the international airport with no flights.

Greens and Beans said...

Strikeslip you said:
“Why are all these officials pushing for something that is not needed? And not pushing for something that IS needed (merely to put us on a par with the rest of the country): Removal of the Thruway Tolls?” I agree. Please allow me to add that there should be reparations imposed on those who seek the electrical energy that is generated upstate. There is absolutely no reason why upstate residents should pay more for their utilities to subsidize those who intend to usurp this power to benefit downstate businesses. Instead of exporting upstate electrical power to downstate businesses, downstate should export those entities which use this power, to relocate their operations to upstate communities.

Anonymous said...

Better yet, how about a stop in Rome INSTEAD of Utica.

It would make sense, since Rome is now actually the economic center of the County.

Anonymous said...

Rome is far from the economic center of the County. Most of the area's jobs are located between Utica and the former Airport in Whitestown. The area's largest employer is the casino complex in Vernon. The job total, business mix and population in Rome is quite low.

Anonymous said...

Talk about a need for something..I recently had an opportunity to visit Jamestown NY. While riding around I noticed something.. and low and behold a power generating plant that supplies muncipal power to the community. I assume they have had this for some time. After some inquiries and to what it was and how it operates, who runs it etc I learned that this provides some pretty cheap utilities. I found out that the bills for elecric in the summer for someone who just runs the average lights and small appliances in thier home is about $15.00 per month. Most people have electric heat. The person I spoke to owns a 20 unit apartment building and the average bill with heat in the winter is about $80.00 per unit. Here is where we need to be to hell with the train

Scott Moon said...

An issue dear to my heart...Municipal power could happen and could improve the economy upstate, It is our own "Public" Service Commission that has require huge exit fees that prevent this from happening. It is a perfect example of how our government (an every level fails the people).

http://uticacheapseats.wordpress.com/2006/12/01/its-time-public-service-commission-serves-the-public/

As for the county agreement with the OIN, I have been trying to educate myself on this, but I do tend to believe that a partnership would be more beneficial long term than an adversarial relationship that is locked up in courts for years and years.

Maybe we should just move the toll booths from the thruway and erect them on every road leading to the Oneida Indian Nation!!!

Anonymous said...

"Maybe we should just move the toll booths from the thruway and erect them on every road leading to the Oneida Indian Nation!!!"


I have been saying that for years. Some think it is cost prohibitive but I beleive it pays for itself in tax revenues. If the OIN is it's own nation, treat them like one. The folks that are American Indians can show their I.D. at the customs booth and everyone else is taxed for what they buy and what they win at the casino etc.

Same goes for all the save-on stations. Show valid I.D. or pay the taxes. Now THAT would level the playing field. I'm tired of all the reverse discrimination that now has the average white american at a distinct disadvantage. Just because hindsight is 20/20 doesn't mean we should be blind when it comes to forsight. We cannot continue to compensate every injustice that has occured throughout history!! There were atrocities that shouldn't have happened but it was one of many. How are the Germans making up for the Holocaust? And what about all the Christians who were killed in the name of religion? Someday things could get so crazy that we will have to give money to the average white american for all the disadvantages they had to deal with in trying to level the playing field.

Enough already.....quit the whining and move on. We've got a black President!! Proof positive that anyone can do anything they put their mind to. This is the land of the free, not the free hand-out!