Monday, August 15, 2011
congress and the train
an interesting report on the topic of federal transportation funding recently came out with some accompanying congressional testimony. you can tell by the name of the sources, both with "civilrights" in the address, just what the perspective of them will be. while i find the hand-wringing over discrimination a bit overblown, i do agree with the conclusions. spending 80% of our federal transportation dollars on car-oriented modes is too much. our trains and buses need upgrades and the systems they run on need both maintenance and improvement. the united states' standing in the world regarding innovation, especially regarding trains, is pretty dismal these days. but, then again, i've got my iphone, product of the world's newest most highly capitalized company, which happens to be american. i can still fly my flag with pride.