Originally Posted by Aries Walker
At first, though, it won't be the people who decide; it will be some investors, whether that be the federal government or private ownership. Even assuming that this high-speed rail network will be 100% free-markety (and not a flat-out infrastructure investment like the Interstate highway system), I think Chiefzilla is just telling us what he thinks the project pitchmen will be telling their investors.
In other words, he's discussing it, here on a discussion board.
Yes, absolutely. I believe that this should be funded as much we can from the free market, then use public money to fund the rest. And I believe that this should be a replacement for highway construction dollars.
And from a central planning standpoint, only reason I believe this needs to be handled federally is that this is one of those rare projects where one state by itself does not benefit from rail. Only works if you have multiple states involved, and it becomes an absolute mess if any states along the way outright refuse. This is interstate and absolutely needs to be handled beyond the state level.