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Tuesday
Feb192013

When The Rail Comes To Town. 

So the past is the past.

The Executive Council had its vote 4-1 and the $3.86 million dollar consultant, politically fed rail project now moves forward.

I’ve said enough of the economic and financial viability of running passenger trains to Nashua and on up to Concord. It has no viability but the rail will still be coming to town.

This is the way that it is...

This is an interesting UTUBE video about another railroad project that I believe is actually worthy of support. And this is the construction of a switching terminal for the Union Pacific Railroad in Texas.

As I’ve reported previously the re-construction of the Panama Canal is going to be a game changer, in lots of ways transportation paramount among these. Instead of the gridlocked, union controlled west coast the Florida ports become of immediate significance including rail transportation routes to places like Texas and beyond.

Of course it’s hard to watch any video and issue like this and not have some type of feeling for real people, in this case it’s the farmers whose land is displaced. Here in New Hampshire it’s simply spending with money that we can’t afford.

Politics and policy marches on.

I’m sure when I-70 and I-80 were constructed across the great plains of the U.S. many farmers were displaced just as they are now in Texas.

Consider where we are as a country because of I-70 and I-80.

 

Reader Comments (2)

Feb 21, 2013

Steve;

How is Union Pacific acquiring the 1200 acres for the rail yard? Video doesn’t explain this fact. Is Union Pacific going to buy the land or try to steal it via of eminent domain, corrupt Kelo decision.

I have suggested (to friends) to extend rail corridor in New Hampshire to the Canadian Border and bury Northern Pass in the rail bed. NP problem solved, except the cost and who’s going to pay.
February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarold
I'm being honest here Harold.

It is my understanding that UP is attempting to negotiate with the farmers, which to date has been unsuccessful. So, the next step is in fact eminent domain.

I support the project lots of advantages here just like building I-70 and I-80.

To your comment about burying the Northern Pass line. This isn't economically viable, even with 'free' leases on state owned land, it just isn't.

If I were a policymaker which I'm not. I'd have New Hampshire work with Vermont and use the Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) transmission systems to bring the power down from Canada and then distribute it south. PSNH would collect most of the revenue from this agreement. This would be a tough sell, I know.

But this is what politics is...
February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven J. Connolly

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