Commuter rail

So-Called ‘Free Money’ for Rail Study Yanked From New Hampshire Transportation Plan

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2018

In late April the NH Senate pulled a four million dollar rail study line-item out of the State’s ten-year transportation budget. The Senate passed the amended version, denying the choo-choo fetishists yet another expensive act of engineering voyeurism. The advocates for waste, fraud, and abuse were not happy.

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Nashua Regional Planning Commission Fishing For Commuter Rail

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2018

Regional Planning Commissions are unaccountable bodies of busy-bodies who operate outside the usual rules for political interference in your day to day life. They get access to and spend public money, and can serve as a pipeline for Federal political class priorities. They are also notoriously progressive, so when the Nashua Regional Planning Commission sets up […]

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Commuter Rail Push In New Hampshire Ignores What Tourists Want and Need

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2017

Today, in a letter to the editor of New Hampshire Business Review, Peter J. Griffin, the NH Railroad Revitalization Association President, considers what at first appears to be a rhetorical question. “How will tourists get to New Hampshire?” How is this a problem? Mr. Griffin bemoans the loss of days past when public transportation (trains) […]

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Blogline Of The Day: A Cautionary Rail Tale

by Mike March 4, 2017

As our homegrown, mostly Democrat, Mass-O-Philes never seem to be convinced that commuter rail straight to Boston is a bad idea for NH’s economy and taxpayers, let us examine a cautionary rail tale from Florida, a state where there’s no shortage of tourists needing to get around, and the Orlando Area, where there are plenty […]

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by Steve MacDonald December 31, 2016

LSR 2017-0950 from State Senator Bette Lasky requests “a general fund appropriation for continued project development for the capital rail corridor.” She wants money for another rail study. We’ve had more of those than I care to count. But Lasky represents Nashua, and Nashua wants someone to pay for another rail study. And Lasky is a Democrat. And […]

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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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