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Monday, December 15, 2008

24-hour Dorman: Visions of light rail

Excerpted from this post at 24-hour Dorman

Local pols all over the country are salivating at the prospect of a big federal stimulus package bulging with infrastructure bucks. Visions of superhighways and bridges dance in their heads. So what should be on our wish list? If I were king, I'd include light rail service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Last I heard, the price tag for fixing up and expanding the old Crandic line to provide service to Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and on to Iowa City is around $70 million. If you think about it, that's the same cost as only 70 U.S. Senate appointmentsin Illinois by Gov. Blago the Bleeper. That ain't bad. If someone has different numbers, let me know. It's also a lot less than it would cost to add an extra lane to I-380, which, according to a story I found in our archives, would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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