I wrote about this in the Valley Advocate last August…and now part of my hopes are coming true. I talked about how lamentable our trains and other transports are…and how the $4 gas was getting everyone juiced up about changing. Neil Peirce wrote “High-speed Rail an Obama Issue,”about how our new president made sure that $8 billion for railway work was included in the stimulus bill. The change in attitudes at the White House, he writes, couldn’t be more dramatic. We had Bush suggesting we ‘zero fund’ Amtrak, now we “have a president who absolutely, positively gets it.” gushed James RePass, of the National Corridors Initiative.
Obama, said Rahm Emanuel, ‘wanted to have a signature issue in the bill, his commitment for the future. This is it.’ I can’t wait to ride America’s trains some day.