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High Speed Boondoggle

Recorded on February 8, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

President Obama’s proposed $53-billion more for “high-speed rail” is just a part of his rail plan that would cost at least half a trillion dollars.

But it's not high speed. They might hit 100 mph for short stretches, but overall these would average closer to 85 mph.

They don't save energy. A federal study concluded that no train is more fuel-efficient than autos at highway speeds. And most people prefer the convenience of cars because they take you direct to where you want to go, not dropping you off at a rail station, miles from your actual destination.

That's why our roads handle almost 800 times more passenger miles than Amtrak each year, because we want freedom and flexibility, not to spend billions to travel the way that politicians tell us to.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.