Discussion Topic: Transportation

Scale Back Train to Fix Highways

The state faces "a perfect storm" as far as paying for transportation infrastructure is concerned, according to several lawmakers interviewed for a recent Journal story on funding. With that in mind, it only makes sense for the state to divert scarce transportation...

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Reports of Rail Runner’s success greatly exaggerated

Gov. Bill Richardson has been touring New Mexico touting the "success" of the taxpayer-financed Rail Runner commuter train. Recently, he has promoted the idea of transforming the train from a regional, commuter rail system operating between Santa Fe and the southern...

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Voters Won’t Board Streetcar II

Back in 2006, the Rio Grande Foundation was one of the leading opponents of the original streetcar. Since then, the issue has been “below the radar screen,” still on the agenda of many policymakers, but lacking the momentum to move forward due to public opposition....

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Richardson’s Santa Fe Line

Bill Richardson has done a lot of things since becoming governor more than four years ago, including cut taxes. But what he hasn't done is earn his stripes as a "fiscal conservative." That may surprise those who follow the Democrat's presidential campaign. But there...

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Public Rail is Off Track

The taxpayer outcry against Mayor Martin Chavez's proposed $270 million streetcar project succeeded in getting the City Council to come to its senses. Now it is time to turn our attention to broader questions of transportation planning. The Mid-Region Council of...

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A Desire Named Streetcar

Albuquerque's City Council on Monday will take up Mayor Martin Chávez's proposal to spend $224 million state and local tax dollars to build what the mayor calls a "modern streetcar." The plan is to run trains along Central Avenue from the river to Nob Hill and out to...

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Don’t Take Pols’ Hooey on Gas Prices

Have you noticed that politicians are constantly talking about gasoline prices? As the 2006 election approaches, claims and counterclaims about the cause of high gasoline prices are becoming more intense. But the din of political opportunism has trumped sound economic...

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Hysteria Over High Gas Prices is Pumped Up

The hysteria surrounding the spike in gasoline prices has risen to the level of the late 1970s and early 1980s "oil-crisis" madness. Most of the media is actively participating in the doomsday chorus, and the House of Representatives recently voted 389-34 to make...

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