Doyle tips hat to New York Times

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Well he could for part of this editorial. The Times ed board writes that “high speed rail is not some pie-in-the-sky idea.”

Japan, Spain, China and Germany are among those with superspeedy trains that rival air travel and easily eclipse the irritations of a car trip. Yet America has only one high-speed corridor, from Boston to Washington, where the Acela Express is often forced by conditions to slow down to average speeds of around 70 miles per hour.

That part works for Doyle, who’s been mighty proud of a proposed high speed rail system that would extend a direct line from Milwaukee to Madison. The Times affirms the possibility of a line in the Midwest:

It’s not as if high-speed rail is a dream only for the East and West Coasts. When the Department of Transportation asked for proposals for using the president’s stimulus money, an astonishing 278 plans arrived from 40 states and the District of Columbia.

That unfortunately makes Doyle’s statement that Wisconsin is “taking a step that nobody else in the United States is taking right now” sound a little disingenuous.

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