Poll: Is Philly to NYC in 37 Minutes Worth $151B?

Amtrak's plan for the Northeast Corridor could take you from Philadelphia to New York in 37 minutes. Is it worth the project's $151 billion price tag?

Amtrak’s latest East Coast high-speed train plan could get you from Philadelphia to New York in 37 minutes, according to Philly.com.

The faster service is part of a major plan, according to Philly.com, that would:

  • Create 40,000 construction jobs a year for 25 years
  • Create 22,000 new permanent jobs
  • Be completed in phases, ending in 2040
  • Accommodate trains traveling 220 mph
  • Expand Market East station in Philadelphia
  • Send bullet trains through tunnels under Philadelphia
  • Cost $151 billion

What do you think? Is this worth it the money?

Bull Pitt July 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
No problem Paul. I have no idea who Yammby is, but apparently you might since you say "she". Also, I still disagree with your first comment and your "understood context". As far as the train is concerned, hey, what's a $151 billion these days. Chump change. 37 minutes is great. Works for me.
JustALocalGuy July 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Everything the government does is funded by taxpayers, by definition. Who else do you think would pay?
JustALocalGuy July 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
"small minds = small ideas = small progress" Translation: If you disagree with me you are stupid.
agent itchy July 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It's NOT laughable. The United States is just that. UNITED! When they rebuilt levies in New Orleans with my tax dollars I supported it because it's good for the entire country. When they repair a road in Yosemite, I support it. When they launch another satellite I support it. The far right like to think the world revolves around their own visual line of sight. You're supposed to be patriotic yet you only care about what directly affects you. Keep UNITED in United States
John M Walker July 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
While I grew in in South Jersey (Camden + Cinnaminson) I've spent most of my adult life in Europe, and the last three-and-a-half years with the Swiss Railroad leading procurement and infrastructure manufacturing (our national rail system is called the SBB). IMHO the challenge in the 'States is not the 151 BUSD, it's the "start-stop-start-stop" mindset about what must be done, by whom, and when would it be feasible. Then the neglected investments one wants to correct in a gargantuan (unworkable) project. That's why we tend to have longer-term, multi-year, stabler investment plans which we bundle and from which we secure parliamentary approval - and funding - in advance. From year-to-year we increase these investments (we have the busiest rail network in the world but still the most punctual, the most efficient and I would say the cleanest) but if properly planned all of this is digestible. In any event, deficit spending is a no-no, as it should be "back home." "Beste Grüsse" from St Gallen, Switzerland


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