Government has been known to waste taxpayers' money, but the Chicago to Detroit high-speed rail project has to be near the top of the boondoggle list. More than half of a billion dollars has already been authorized to ready who knows how many needless stops along the way.
According to Amtrak's website, there is a already a train that covers this route in five hours for a $33 fare. You can get from Midway Airport to Detroit Metro Airport in an hour by plane for $100 if you're in a hurry. Or you can drive your car there in five or six hours for a tank of gas ($60).
Aside from the analysis of the fare options, I have to wonder, who wants to go from Chicago to Detroit in a hurry? Given Detroit's current financial condition, why go to Detroit at all?
Our country is nearing the brink of financial collapse, and we want to build a useless multi-billion dollar railway that nobody needs or wants to use? We already have a national railway that loses money.
- Michael Haluska, Crown Point