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The Request. A Precis. 

This will be a short blog, likely not the most well organized as I just got off a tough shift in the salt mines.

Let’s get going.

So I got in touch with Executive Councilor Ray Burton and asked that he vote no on the upcoming state contract to study passenger rail from Boston up to Nashua and later Manchester and Concord.

“I’m leaning towards voting for this.” Burton said.

I tried to counter. And I’ll put it with no success. So I asked if this project is either viable or even affordable at some $450 million dollars against a backdrop of deficits and debt ceilings. He responded by talking about the Amtrak Downeaster and the process of how this train came to be including the substantial financial subsidies.

I then tried a different tactic. “How does this benefit District #1?” I asked. He answered that the ski areas might be able to send a bus to meet the train in Concord.

$450 Million Dollar Ski Trains.

I’ll share more of this conversation at a later time when I have more energy.

In the meantime please contact your Executive Councilor about this upcoming state contract vote.

Reader Comments (2)

21st Century transportation is more about high-speed mag-lev trains than two cars in every garage. Getting people around is good for our economy, our tourism, and all of us. A lot of people can't afford cars, with the maintenance and insurance that go with it, but can afford to jump on a train and go tour and shop.

Eventually we'll have a high-speed train and vacuum tunnel lines all along the East Coast, and to the West, so getting ahead of the curve is smart planning.
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Seems like another kinda bus needs to pick up Ray and Jimbo.
– C. dog
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog

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