Somebody robbed the Springfield train

Train_Wreck

Stimulus!

Cos Cobber calls the New Haven – Springfield rail project a boondoggle and he’s surely right. It’s a pet project of our upstate legislators that was slowly going nowhere until Dodd got hisself some Stimulus funds and breathed life into it. Oh joy. I can find almost no information on the train, but common sense suggests that the ridership from Hartford to New Haven or New Haven to Springfield is limited at best. The one “study” I did find is preposterous. In order to come up with a significant ridership pool the study’s authors had to go out to a two-mile walking radius and even then could only find 6,500 imaginary hikers.

Even a Greenwich real estate agent would blush if he were to describe a house two miles from the train station “within walking distance” but when trying to establish a need where none exists, these economists have no shame.

The entire project is about politics and payoffs, not transportation – Connecticut’s legislature will happily divert money from the New Haven line because that serves Fairfield County, the resented golden goose, while feeding themselves up north. Happy feasting.

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  1. Anonymous

    Funny how US has some of worst pavement/potholes on its urban/suburban roads and freeways (despite the alleged $800Bn Stimulus) but the commies want to sink more money into mass transit

    Even the commies in Germany and EU/UK manage to have smoothly paved roads as a benefit of their high-tax welfare states

  2. Anon E. Moose

    Even a Greenwich real estate agent would blush if he were to describe a house two miles from the train station “within walking distance”

    Surely, you jest.

    “Everywhere is walking distance if you have enough time.” -Steven Wright

  3. Walt

    Dude –
    I have a serious real estate question. I know, I am not sure
    Why I would ask you either. But all the
    Stuff going on with Bourke and Raj and all
    those other lowlifes may give Roundhill a bad name.
    Right? So could those rat bastards cost me money?
    If so, how do you get a street name changed in Greenwich?
    I was thinking Felony Lane? Five Filly’s Blvd?
    Waltiscool Road?
    Thanks for the help.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

    • christopherfountain

      Well Walt, the Pray family is only adding luster to the Round Hill address. We had a contest on a name change recently but I forget what won (I knew I should have laid off those peyote buttons back when). Rogue’s Alley? Scammer’s Row? Ric’s Place? Walt’s Wallow?

  4. Cos Cobber

    Hey I am back from a day on the road.

    I like Rogue Alley, although Scammer’s Hill is probably more accurate.