There are apparently some people who think this is a good idea. I guess the one little problem is the price tag: $1 billion.
That’s right, $1 billion, with a "B".
Let’s just think about that for one minute, what else could we do with $1 billion than to build a train nobody is going to ride…
Buy the entire population of Goldsboro (2007 est. pop. 37,369) a brand new Toyota Prius Hybrid.
Pay off 1/9th of the state debt.
Pay back 5 years worth of raids out of the Highway Trust Fund.
250,000,000 shares of Wachovia stock. (All we’d need is another $900 million and we could match Citibank’s bid and keep all the jobs in Charlotte!).
Or actually build some roads that would provide real congestion relief.