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As Brian has noted, In Ohio, the new Governor says "Passenger rail is not in Ohio's future, That train is dead." High speed rail is under attack by Republicans across the country. As people line up to get irradiated by the pornoscatter machines, or felt up by the TSA inspectors, perhaps they should give a thought to writing to the leaders they just elected that perhaps an alternative to flying might be a good idea.
Not that this will last; yesterday Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that protection was needed on other modes of transport. She told Charlie Rose:
"[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through. I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?"
Sigh. No wonder everybody drives.
More on the death of high speed rail in America:
New Governors Kill $1.2 Billion High Speed Rail Lines in Ohio & Wisconsin
Fate of High Speed Rail Uncertain after Election
GOP Candidates Pledge to Kill High Speed Rail