Commuter rail

Has Nashua Democrat Rep. Ken Gidge Found a Magic Money Tree?

by Steve MacDonald May 8, 2016
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Front page, Union Leader. The Nashua Delegation to the New Hampshire House don’t get no respect. Someone cut the money for yet another (other, other) rail study from the transportation budget and they are unhappy. As a preventative to future acts of injustice ‘Nashua’ is considering a hired gun. A paid lobbyist to…do what the Nashua […]

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What About All That ‘Off-Shoring’ to New Hampshire?

by Steve MacDonald April 6, 2016
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The Panama Papers is the biggest ‘leak’ yet, unless you count the hissing sound coming from Obama and company about how this gives us a reason to reform ‘tax loopholes’ that allow companies to keep money away from them. First, there is no such things as a tax loophole. The law was written that way, with […]

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What if Mass Transit Does NOT Save…Anything?

by Steve MacDonald February 29, 2016
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The assumption sold by planners and their mass-transit water carriers is that publicly funded public transportation is a public good. They still tell that tale, but now the emphasis is on how public transportation is essential to saving the planet. Mass transit makes for a better environment. But does it?

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GrokTALK! – Doctors Talk ObamaCare

by Steve MacDonald November 22, 2014
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This week on GrokTALK! Dr. Joe Hannon is up first to give us an update on the disruptive force that is ObamaCare and Medicaid Expansion to patients and healthcare professionals. Then we are joined by Dr. Jeffrey Singer, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and Doc Squads member, to talk about what ObamaCare has […]

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Rail Propaganda Campaign Approved By NH Executive Council

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2013

If a big pharmaceutical company was given $40,000.00 by the New Hampshire’s Executive Council to advertise the benefits of a drug therapy that had not only not yet been approved but was not even known to be viable, would people be up in arms about that?  I think they probably would.  So how about some […]

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Commuter Rail in NH Is a Fools Errand

by Steve MacDonald February 5, 2013

I don’t typically link to the Concord Fish Wrapper, but this is worth the trip. I am a retired highway engineer and transportation planner with more than 36 years of experience in eight states and Washington, D.C. My opinions are based on experience, 42 years of transportation policy observations and objective study of publicly available […]

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The Ideological Left’s Equivalent of a Gold-Digging Trophy-Wife

by Steve MacDonald January 22, 2013

I’ve been blogging this subject for years because at every opportunity Democrats (and a handful of Republicans) resurrect the notion that running a commuter rail line into and or up through the Nashua-Concord corridor would be good for something. That’s like saying “hey doc just leave the endoscope in my colon, that way the next […]

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“Psst! Hey Buddy. Want to Buy A Train?”

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2011

What he meant was that if we added commuter rail “there would be more spending than we could even contemplate at this point.”

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Death To Rail (Bride Of RTA)

by Steve MacDonald April 1, 2011

This is what we call the tits-on-a-bull defense. Chris wants rail. There is no good reason for it, he just wants it. And he could care less that we already have infrastructure that works, that is more adaptable, and which costs significantly less to operate.

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Democrats, Trains And HB 218

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2011

The Union Leader has a great editorial in this mornings Sunday News titles “Free Trains.” It is great for several reasons the least of which is that it mirrors concerns I have been expressing for years. No matter who pays to build them, someone has to pay to keep them. That would be New Hampshire Taxpayers. Democrats are aghast that the NH House would dissolve the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, because hey it doesn’t cost anything.

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by Steve MacDonald May 21, 2010

This editorial from today’s Union Leader on Commuter Rail caught my attention. PETER BURLING, head of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA), was in Manchester this week to promote his dream of building a commuter rail line from Concord to Boston. He suggested that operating commuter rail would cost taxpayers less than maintaining the […]

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The Real “Third Rail” For Commuter Rail

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2010

Any good liberal will tell you this.  Never talk about how much something really costs, or who will have to pay for it, until after you have convinced them it will be good for them.  You do this by creating an overwhelming desire for fairness, or appeal to some moral phantom named equality, or in […]

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