Sunday, January 14, 2007

Regional Interstate Passenger Rail

We heard of a good idea whose time has come.

The Midwest has a Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact. It promotes the development of intercity Passenger Rail that crosses state lines.

What a deal. We think we should have one of these in the Southwest, and particularly in New Mexico.

We don't understand why more people in New Mexico don't get excited about the prospect of Passenger Rail service from Denver to El Paso and serving New Mexico's three metropolitan areas. (For you unwashed, that would be Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces.)

We further don't understand why more people don't get excited about Passenger Rail in the east-west corridor that would be Phoenix, Tucson, Las Cruces, El Paso and San Antonio. Granted, this is more of a stretch, as there is a long, long way between El Paso and San Antonio. And because of line abandonments and other factors, New Mexico doesn't have any real good attractive Passenger route to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

We need a Regional Initiative, and we need to get people in all the above cities and surrounding areas involved.

Anyone please let me know.

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