On Spending for High Speed Rail

This post from The Infrastructurist looks at recent arguments for and against high speed rail projects in the U.S. through the lens of spending.

"We begin with the "against" position, defended by Holman Jenkins in a Wall Street Journal column from last week. Writing in response to both the high-speed rail collision in China and the debt ceiling talks, Jenkins blasts the entire U.S. high-speed rail program as a pointless political exercise in spending taxpayer money. He fails to offer any evidence for this position - unless you consider threats of terrorism, comparisons to the Post Office, and a strange attack on electric cars "evidence" - but he's quite certain that improvements to American passenger rail represent nothing more than 'spending money for the sake of spending money'."

On the other side, Matthew Yglesias at ThinkProgress argues for rail spending by arguing against war spending.

Full Story: For and Against High-Speed Rail, Part V: Spending Edition

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00