From the National Journal Transportation Blog, Week of Feb 28…

Posted by Ken Orski on Monday, February 28th, 2011

High-Speed Rail vs. Modal Neutrality

Isn’t it curious that an Administration devoted to the principle of  multi-modalism is so obsessively determined to promote a single mode  of its own preference — that of high-speed rail? All three governors who rejected  the federal HSR grants — Govs. Walker, Kasich and Scott — told Sec.  LaHood that their states could badly use that money for more urgent needs of  fixing roads, bridges and transit systems  and, in the case of Gov. Scott,  rebuilding Florida’s ports in anticipation of the Panama Canal expansion.  Yet Sec. LaHood turned a deaf ear to those requests, insisting that the stimulus money must be spent on high-speed rail — even though money spent on other modes could have been just as effective in creating jobs. After justly condemning “stove pipe” mentality and modal biases in federal decisionmaking it is ironic to find  the Administration ignoring its own principles of modal neutrality in such a blatant manner.

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