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Government Subsidy vs Ridership Fares (Air vs Rail, for instance)
If we want to talk about USERS PAYING FOR capital expense, etc... then should we also raise the price for AIRPORTS to ensure that they pay their way.
Airports are heavily SUBSIDIZED compared to their capital costs.
That should be the point of comparison, rather than Morrison being a toll-bridge funded by passage of chickens as the guest (John Charles) said!!
There is nothing wrong with subsidizing High Speed Rail. It's mostly a result of the greed of Oil, Rubber and Steel barons of the early 1900's that the US' investment in rail of all sorts (street car, passenger rail, etc) dwindled in favor of their ability to build roads and cars.
Anyone who's ridden the rails in Europe understands how rail investements are indeed investments... People moving around are not doing so as mere beanbags. They're moving $$, business, opportunity, etc.
It's definitely INVESTMENT.
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