President's Corner: Not too late to hold rail accountable | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


President's Corner: Not too late to hold rail accountable

Across the country, people are getting fed up with large, expensive public works projects that siphon away taxpayer funds.

In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City’s L Train for tunnel repairs. Instead, he opted for a substantially cheaper plan concocted in a matter of weeks by a team of unpaid academic engineers. What’s more, the new plan can be carried out on nights and weekends, so the city won’t have to shut down service for more than a year while it’s completed.

If Cuomo’s plan works, it will be a rebuke to big, expensive and time-consuming government projects — and a black eye for the agency that insisted big and expensive was the only option.

Nor is New York the only state exploring alternatives to a public works boondoggle.

This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsome pulled the plug on the state’s bullet train project connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, saying it, “would cost too much and … take too long.”

The high-speed rail line, originally slated to cost $64 billion, was expected to cost $77 billion or more and wouldn’t be completed until 2033. Critics warned the train would lose money, not attract enough passengers and be too expensive to ride.

Sound familiar?

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