I think the initial cost of scrapping this boondoggle would pale in comparison to the eternal outlay of funds it would take to maintain and run this thing.
Last wkend we were in Mad and stayed in a huge new hotel off the beltline.
Problem is that it's built on a dead end frontage road.
Built on a promise and the expectation that massive developement would soon ensue.
Along come high speed rail proposals....and all blding prmts are denied by gvt.
So there it sits empty, and soon the rail was to wizz past nonstop as the hotel crumbles.
With the demise of this rail system, the hope and possibility is that blding permits will now be issued, not only making this hotel viable, running, but growing busns and empl't in that area.
There are plenty of long-standing ancillary estabs which would benifit from this as well.
I have a feeling that the rail between Mad and Mil would destroy many more jobs than the proponants of the rail could ever claim to create.
Also, because of us taking Fed $, we would be even more beholden to the Feds and their insidious mandates and demands.
Let it go.
It would be sad to watch all the good $ being thrown after bad, not to mention all the other ruinous unintended consequences inherant in any Govt project.