Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /home/stlpub/public_html/includes/commentaryarchives.inc.php on line 2
High Speed Rail a Boondoggle
Aired November 17, 2010
One of the Obama Administration's principal transportation programs has been an interest in building high speed rail. At least that's what they call it. But, with a couple of hideously expensive exceptions in California and Florida, none of the proposed projects would qualify as high speed rail in the international sense, such as in Japan, France or China.
Missouri recently received 4.1 million dollars from the federal government to plan the so-called high speed rail line from St. Louis to Kansas City.
Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, an international public policy consulting firm in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is a visiting professor at a national university in Paris and has served terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Amtrak Reform Council. He also serves as vice-president of CODATU, and co-author of the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. He has a BA in Government from California State University in Los Angeles and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.