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Missouri Lawmakers Want to Derail High-Speed Train

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The passenger train route from St. Louis to KC as seen today and the foreseeable future.
Republican legislators today rejected an attempt to place into the state budget a provision for high-speed rail linking St. Louis to Kansas City.

Last month, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri would bid for $1 billion in federal funds for high-speed rail after Florida's Republican governor rejected the same grant -- much to the delight of his Tea Party base. 

Apparently, though, Nixon didn't count on conservatives in his own state derailing the plan.

Today the House Budget Committee rejected Nixon's attempt to get approval for the rail funds. As reported last month, Missouri would have to allocate $4.5 million in state money to get the $1 billion federal grant. For those keeping score at home, that's a 200 to 1 ratio of federal to state dollars. You play those odds.

The $1 billion would pay for upgrades to current track and land acquisition and designs for new high-speed rails. But fretting that the money wasn't enough for the full cost of the high-speed line, the House committee rejected Nixon's proposal.

The governor's office today told the Associated Press that it would continue to try to win the grant without the support of lawmakers. Whether that will scuttle the plans for high-speed rail in Missouri remains to be determined.


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21 comments
scottbb
scottbb

After the supper-committee failure I doubt any funds will go for high speed rail any place.

Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker
Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker

As far as the tea party concerns tea is disconnected and tea is the same color as whiskey. What they really mean they are part of the Whiskey Rebellion. Ronald Reagan raised taxes because it was needed. Two things you can be sure of death & taxes, But how you tax is a little there and a little there on every thing will work and nobody gets hurt.

Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker
Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker

Oh have a stop off at Columbia, MO With people from KC area And STL area I for see MORERevenue $$$. More Jobs. Lets do it.

Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker
Raymount Sylvon Arman Blenker

Jay Nixon's right about this and republicans will pay at the ballot box. The Grand Old Party turn out to be cheapo's and showing their true colors. Abe Lincoln would box your ears.

Gradientman
Gradientman

Please, Please , Please remember how your legislator voted on this. They are not willing to spend anything to improve our state's job picture. Le's make sure it is they who are looking for a job next.

Stackrat10
Stackrat10

Yay, another tax dollar draining pet project down the drain!!. The amount of people that would use it compared to the cost. GLAD they stood their ground!

Groovealee
Groovealee

I'm convinced Missouri's new slogan should be "Welcome to Missouri, now get the F out!" This state continues to turn down opportunities for jobs, funding, technology and growth in general. Then we wonder why no one wants to move here!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I foresee something akin to WI Gov. Walker, turn down the money because "the government's broke and it's fiscally responsible" then months later, turn around and beg for the money and tell the constituents "we're working for YOU!"

ocschwar
ocschwar

Every project that lowers our nation's oil dependency, the Republicans oppose. The mind boggles.

Mike N.
Mike N.

This is another example of pure anti-Obama-ism... The lily white Missouri republicans just can't handle a black guy in the white house.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

Surely they could cut funding from health care or education to pay for this plan.

Ross Patton
Ross Patton

Im glad they turned down a huge investment in jobs and technology for their region. More money for us on the West Coast, and the NE corridor.

Galt, Johnathan
Galt, Johnathan

Right... lower our dependency on oil and increase our dependency on coal? Or did you think that the train would have a wind-turbine on top of it?

valkraider
valkraider

Trains are more efficient than autos or airplanes.

ocschwar
ocschwar

Trains can run on anything that's on the grid. Coal. Oil. Gas. Nuclear. Hydro. Wind. Gerbils on treadmills. ANYTHING. Connect it to the overhead wire and the trains will use it.

valkraider
valkraider

Looking at what is happening *now* is very shortsighted.

1. Trains might get more use if they were faster and nicer. People in cars avoid roads which are slow and poorly maintained - why would we expect different with trains? Comparing a fully built out road network that we spend trillions on annually to a train system which only has a couple lines and barely gets chicken scraps of funding is really just not fair.

2. If we had more trains running at more times it would be much more attractive to use. Frequency makes trains much more functional. If a train runs only once a day it makes it harder to use and as such doesn't get used then they cut the service. It is a chicken-egg problem. You have to have good service to attract people to use the service.

3. What happens if the price of fuel doubles? Do more people start to use trains? Having a strong and *diverse* transportation infrastructure is the best thing we can do for the security of the country. We need as many good solid alternates as possible to be able to keep functioning when issues arise. What happens if planes can't fly? What happens if fuel gets very expensive? What happens if a natural disaster takes out an important link? Having reliable roads, bus systems, bridges, train networks, airports, and systems - is vitally important. Putting all our eggs in the automobile basket is dangerously vulnerable to failure if anything goes wrong.

I successfully used two chicken or egg analogies.

Bryce
Bryce

I've ridden the Missouri River Runner across Missouri many times. It is never empty. In fact, it is pretty darned full. Maybe you should try it and see for yourself. Plus, $26 each way is a good price.

ocschwar
ocschwar

"We already have trains running from KC to St. Louis... and then to Chicago. And they are almost always empty."

A train doesn't have to be full at all to be more efficient than planes or autos. And, a train doesn't shake itself to pieces like planes or autos do. Trains last.

Galt, Johnathan
Galt, Johnathan

We already have trains running from KC to St. Louis... and then to Chicago. And they are almost always empty. An empty train running from KC to St. Louis is the opposite of efficient...

ocschwar
ocschwar

"So again, it is either oil or coal..."

Right now it is. Tomorrow it might be something else. That's the beauty of not locking yourself to one energy source. And the best part is you can mix it up, little of this, little of that, and change the mix with a flick of a switch.

Galt, Johnathan
Galt, Johnathan

I know how they work... I have been on one in Japan. What I was referring to is the fact that we burn coal. We do have a nuclear plant in Missouri, and while they happen to have a smaller environmental impact than coal... I don't see us building any more of them after watching what is happening in Japan.

So again, it is either oil or coal...

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