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by Adam Voiland
RE: Amtrak Plan
I’d love to see it all done in 3 years, but I’d hesitate about any comparisons to any of the transcontinental alignments, all of which date to a very different era. At the time the major transcontinental lines were completed: labor was cheap (or free), right-of-way was plentiful, viable alternatives were nonexistent, planning was minimal, environmental regulations weren’t around, and “community opposition” has since been confined to reservations.
I’d love to see Amtrak’s plan built out in 3 years… but I’d be surprised if it were even completed within 30.
“Finally, DOTs are admitting what the data has been telling them for the past ten years: Traffic is not increasing. It's flattened out overall and decreasing per person. This will lead to more sensible investments in transportation.”
In response to "It's Happening: Washington State Revises Traffic Forecasts to Reflect Reality"