A Washington Examiner essay indulges in Schadenfreude, contemplating the folly of faster trains with negligible environmental impact?
For decades the environmental movement has used [the National Environmental Protection Act], and its [California Environmental Quality Act]-like state equivalents, to block key energy development and infrastructure projects. Seeing Obama’s signature transportation initiative killed by this same tactic is some sweet poetic justice.
The Cold Spring Shops position has long been that incremental improvements in Passenger Rail, in particular running the existing trains on existing, properly signalled tracks at 1938 speeds make more sense than building new, dedicated, passenger only lines in which billions of dollars buy you a few minutes of faster running times.

The more serious lesson, however, is that it's not easy to square two Good Things, namely environmental protection and improved infrastructure.

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