Cuomo finally resigned .. effective in 14 days
In theory this bill will address those issues .. how effective it is .. or is not .. and what exactly will be in the final version is unknown at the moment. It even passing is a bit up in the air. Some of the more liberal members of the House said they would not vote for it unless the $3.5Trillion dollar "human infrastructure" bill does not pass .. and it passing or it's final form is up in the air. 2 moderate Senate Dems seem to think the price tag is too high, House members from states with high state taxes said they will not vote for it unless the SALT caps are removed (which the more liberal members say it is a giveaway for the rich), some moderates in the House are iffy on the price tag, plus they are doing that from reconciliation and some provisions might not qualify for that method. Plus rising inflation is a factor some are worried aboutThe reason I ask, is because, as Mosh pointed out, some of Biden's campaign promises was to invest in American infrastructure, create jobs in the process (those bridges won't fix themselves) AND he wanted to invest in passenger rail. Not sure if they'll be seperate bills/investments, or is this bill the one to tackle both. I'd like to think rail falls under said infrastructure, but one never knows with government.
This lack of faith in rail is what kills it before it begins. Every mode of transportation in the U.S SUCKS. The existing train takes forever and it was compounded when Obama signed a thingy prioritizing freight over passenger rail, delaying trips further. Buses are ATTROCIOUS! Not just greyhound, every U.S based bus company sucks, not to mention it isn't exactly affordable. Speaking of ridiculously expensive and sucking ass, airplanes. Not only do they charge you out the ass for the flight itself, they charge you for everything and you can't even carry shampoo or water with you.Outside of the northeast corridor and some very specific high-volume point-to-point routes, I just don’t see high speed rail catching on in the U.S. You have to be able to compete with airlines on travel time and price, and for most longer travel routes a train is just going to be too slow compared to a plane.
That said, if there was high-speed rail connecting Minneapolis to Chicago, I’d go to Chicago a lot more often.
The most reliable, cost-effective and time saving mode of transport in the U.S is your own car. Don't own one? Then it sucks to be you, buddy.