Commuter rail

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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De-Railed?

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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