December 17, 2009

Movin' to New York -- Too Crowded Here!

What do progressives love most? It's not global warming or taxes or shutting down a Walmart*

If you guessed "light rail" grab yourself an apple and granola bar.

Vincent Carroll of the Denver Post writes today on the Western High Speed Rail Alliance.

The brainchild of public agencies in four states Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah the rail alliance believes "the future mobility of people and freight in the West depends on high speed rail lines." Yet in supporting this dubious thesis in their opening press conference, officials misstated so many elementary facts as to cast doubt on whether they'd studied the issue at all.

An introductory video contained the first whopper. After explaining that in the future, "most of the fastest growing states will be in the West" true enough the narrator went on to claim that "for nearly a half century the primary focus for passenger rail has targeted the development and funding of Amtrak's Eastern corridor, an area losing population."

Which it isn't. but whatever...
To compound the demographic muddle, the general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Jacob Snow, told reporters that "our densities here in the West are very high and probably much higher than those areas referenced in much of the rest of the country."

Huh? What? Mister Snow should join a rock band. I have driven across those states a time or two, and the word "density" does not come to mind.
Yet when asked about the economic viability of their plans to link cities in the four states, Snow blithely mentioned the profits of the Central Japan Railway Co., which serves one of the densest, highly populated corridors in the world.

Well, okay then.

Hat-tip: @ariarmstrong

We're from the government, and here to help. Posted by John Kranz at December 17, 2009 2:36 PM

I don't think he means "dense" in the sense of "concentration of population." I parse his meaning as "the crowd I hang out with is more dense than in most parts of this nation."

Kind of like the guy at the roadwork site holding the sign with the word "Slow," and I can't help but think that's nothing to brag about...

Posted by: Keith at December 17, 2009 2:55 PM | What do you think? [1]