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Old 06-08-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Scranton PA
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Default Big Step Foward

We're one step closer to having rail service as of today.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC. (Ogden)
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We're one step closer to having rail service as of today.
oh ya? got any details?
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Drama Central
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So what? Its not going to be a viable commuter platform. Yet people still feel that its something that we need, its going to be more of a headache for the region then a plus.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:11 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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I don't see why we need this rail service....its not high speed, so it won't attract people who want to live in Scranton and work in New York, so what's the point? A non-high-speed rail will just be another way for the criminal drug-dealing scum from NY/NJ to find their way to Scranton.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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Can't the ten people that are projected to actually use this train take the bus instead and save the taxpayers $350,000,000? Who is going to ride a train that takes longer, is less convenient, and will probably cost more then the bus? If any community would bennefit from this, wouldn't it be Stroudsburg, and the other communities right over the Jersey Border? Where are all these Wall st types and buisnessmen that will move to Scranton when this is complete? It's funny that no one has interviewed even one of them (because there are none). Port Jervis, NY. has a commuter train, why haven't they turned into the next big east coast metropolis yet, after all, that's what Scranton is expecting. Where are all the studies that usually go along with big projects like this that say who, why, how, how much of an economic boom this will be, and why would Wall St decide to come to Scranton of all places because of this train? Does anybody really think that because a train will go to Scranton, and take four hours to do so, instead of three hours by bus that a bunch of wealthy buisnemen from NYC will decide to move here? Has the Martz bus line been an economic boom to our area? Why not? Why hasn't Martz brought Wall St West to Scranton? After all it is quicker then the train will be right? Has anyone asked why the original train went out of service to begin with? Can it be because it was no longer viable because of more modern technology, like the bus and automobile? There are so many questions, but where are the answers? Where are the studies? I think this is a collosal waste of money, and will be a collosal failure, and should be put in the "bad idea graveyard" along side the Hazleton Cargo Airport, and the cesspool inflatable dam in W-B.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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W-B Proud, I agree.....but let's remember the real reason for this project.....there's lots of money to be made by the politicians and the cronies that will get the contracts to build this line. Anytime politicians are trying to get something built, the only reason they are doing it is to line their pockets and create photo ops for their next election. And the general public are just the sheep who buy the politicians' BS hook line and sinker...the sheeple actually think the politicians are doing them a favor as they pick their pockets.

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Old 06-09-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Idiocracy
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I hear your concerns about the cost and utility of the train, but does every piece of news about it have to turn into a rant fest about it? I guess so.

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Has anyone asked why the original train went out of service to begin with? Can it be because it was no longer viable because of more modern technology, like the bus and automobile?
Or is it that the government short-sightedly started subsidizing the heck out of the automobile after the war (and actually taxed train travel)?...

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Old 06-09-2009, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Idiocracy
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oh ya? got any details?
Maybe EC was talking about this...?
Specter, Casey announce completion of rail study, I-81 project funding - News - The Times-Tribune (http://scrantontimes.com/news/specter_casey_announce_completion_of_rail_study_i-81_project_funding - broken link)
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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Wow. Just wow. When so many cities and towns across the country are fighting to have rail built into their neck of the woods and the people in Northeast PA are against it, it just goes to show you the mentality up there. You people really need to stop living in the 1950s....seriously.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas, PA
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Wow. Just wow. When so many cities and towns across the country are fighting to have rail built into their neck of the woods and the people in Northeast PA are against it, it just goes to show you the mentality up there. You people really need to stop living in the 1950s....seriously.
Seriously.....considering the amount of crime around here that is committed by people that live in the areas that the train would make much more easily accessible, I'll HAPPILY continue to "live in the 1950's", thank you very much
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