“High speed rail represents the Erie Canal-like vision that can rebuild the Upstate New York economy,” said Arcuri. “It was really an honor to be able to join local business, labor and government leaders to discuss how further investment in this cutting edge transportation infrastructure would create jobs and lead to future business development opportunities in our region with someone as influential and knowledgeable about rail as Chairwoman Brown.Knowledgeable people are not buying this hype . . . and that is about all that this is.
"Erie Canal-like vision?" Hardly. The Erie Canal was a game changer for Upstate New York in the 1800s because it (1) substantially increased the speed and (2) significantly reduced the cost of transportation between places where people/goods needed to go. 150 MPH, if HSR will even do that, is NOT a substantial improvement in speed over interstate highways when time to get to and from the station is taken into account. Cost? No one is even mentioning reduced costs here, probably because costs will be greater!
"Cutting edge transportation infrastructure?" Wrong. The bullet trains of Japan have been running for almost 50 years . . . and HSR here isn't supposed to be as fast.
"Create jobs?" Perhaps to build the thing. But if we're building something that is already old-fashioned and few will want or use, why bother . . . why not just give the money away to people?
"Lead to future business development opportunities?" How about some examples of the types of opportunities that HSR will create, so we can judge for ourselves whether or not this makes sense?
"Someone as influential and knowledgeable about rail as Chairwoman Brown?" What knowledge? Perhaps if she shared some of it with the public maybe we would be influenced too.
"Investment?" . . .
"A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted."