Do Passenger Trains Make Sense for Ohio?

Evidently, Ohio has been “awarded” $400 million from the Federal Government to build passenger train service that covers Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus-Cleveland.  As expected, the local media in Dayton is strongly in favor of the spending and urges its readers to ignore the poor results of similar investments in other parts of the country.

Does this spending really make sense for US citizens as well as taxpayers in Ohio?  Many of these public works projects have turned into debacles for the states that are left to operate the systems at a money-losing rate.  A consultant that served on the Amtrak review board urges the country to avoid this spending.

In my view, this represents the profligate spending that is typical of an O’bama government infatuated with centralized planning.

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