High-speed rail as a jobs program
Nothing wrong with a public project that creates jobs if the programs and the jobs are providing vital services to the public. But, as this blog points out every day, high-speed rail seems to be more about the money than the trains.
The advertisement above is from the Daily Kos site, a stalwart force for progressive politics. The California High-Speed Rail folks knew their intended audience well: Government as a jobs program! Click on the picture, and you go to the CHSR website.
How many jobs will the California high-speed rail project create? Like their numbers on future ridership, the CHSR inflates the number of jobs the project will create. See a discussion of the inflated job numbers in this document (pages 85-87). See also the discussion on this website.
Labels: High-Speed Rail