EVERYTHING OBAMA DID MUST BE UNDONE: Trump Cancels Crucial Hudson River Amtrak Tunnel Project

Crain’s New York reports:

President Donald Trump dropped his own New Year’s ball—in the form of a wrecking ball—with a late Friday afternoon announcement that effectively wipes out plans for perhaps the nation’s most crucial infrastructure project.

The president officially scrapped his predecessor’s proposal to have the federal government underwrite half the cost of a multi-billion-dollar Amtrak tunnel connecting New Jersey to Penn Station, the busiest transit hub in the U.S.

The lone existing tunnel is rapidly deteriorating, threatening to sever Amtrak’s popular Northeast Corridor and to divert tens of thousands of New Jerseyans from their daily Manhattan commutes via New Jersey Transit.

The administration released the news on the cusp of a holiday weekend in a letter from a top Federal Transit Administration official to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his New Jersey counterpart Chris Christie, who had agreed with the Obama administration to split the project’s costs 50-50.

 

  • bkmn

    So much for all that BS about infrastructure. I would be surprised if he signs one infrastructure project into law.

    • danolgb

      His whole infrastructure proposal is to privatize it.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, the Republican way.

      • Friday

        ie, loot public property to enrich corporations that we’ll have to pay to use what was public property.

  • Sam_Handwich

    what an asswipe

  • ceeenbee

    If the tiny fingered, cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon and rethuglicans could bring us back to the stone age they gladly would.

  • Ninja0980

    What a worthless POS.

    • Joe in PA

      You had me at worthless, but ok. ;(

  • Gregory In Seattle

    I have trouble understanding how a (allegedly) grown man could be so viciously petty.

    • JAKvirginia

      Name it the Donald J. Trump tunnel and we’re back on track.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Massive insecurity stemming from childhood. A pathological longing for acceptance and praise due to lack of it from his father.

    • BlackGayVeganAtheist

      Donald Trump has been allowed to be petty for 40+ years…this is what money and being white in America affords you…

      Could you imagine anyone say Oprah while trying to build her empire being this outwardly disgusting and critical of The President and other leaders in the USA and just given a pass.

      NO this has everything to do with the following:

      1. White
      2. Male
      3. Money

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Hetero. You forgot hetero.

    • JCF

      However grown Drumpf ever was, he’s reverted from the dementia.

  • Lazycrockett
    • JAKvirginia

      Whoa!!!!!!!

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Shades of Nixon…

      As if we needed more?

    • Joe in PA

      I like her. I wish Joy AND this woman had actually been on AMJoy today. Not a big fan of the stand-in guy as host.

    • Joe in PA

      Oh yeah, you know Lindsey has the vapors…he goes from calling trump nuts before the election to be a golfing buddy today. Right.

      • zhera

        I want to know what Donnie has on Cruz. The way Cruz bent over and spread his cheeks after being so anti-trump (with good reason), it’s got to be something juicy!

      • Richard, another Canuck

        When a Senator or Congressman golfs with Trump, it is during the first two holes that they are shown the Kompromat. After that Trump and his boys are buddy buddy and everyone praises dear leader.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      But will Republican Senators stand up to Trump when impeachment becomes a reality?

      No.

      Party before country every time.

      • zhera

        Not even party. If they cared about the party they’d go back to the pre-evangelical, pre-tea party, pre-insanity GOP they once were.

        No. It’s MONEY before country.

      • JWC

        Maybe they will wit till the 20 Jan

      • Xaca

        When democracy is restore, they will all be prosecuted, and punished to the full extent of the law.

        • Librarykid

          It is my hope that the GOP members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees who refused to allow the DOJ to release the facts to the American Public on what information Russia had stolen from the Democrats when the Obama Administration presented them with the story in the Summer of 2016 will all be jailed for subverting justice and maybe covering up espionage and committing treason.

      • Chris Baker

        They still keep the White House. Pence is much less egostistical and easy to persuade to go along. Congress has the power.

        • clay

          Pence is complicit through Flynn.

          • Chris Baker

            Pence is one of them. They will fight for him. Congress doesn’t give a shit about Trump.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      That makes sense of how much butt kissing and quiet hand waving they’ve been doing. Though I don’t know what kind of crap they’re afraid of considering their base is totally cool with child predators, hypocrites who demand their mistresses abort the love fetus, and Nazis. And honestly, anybody willing to marry such shit must be willing to overlook everything but the “dead girl/live boy” thing so fear of spouse leaving them doesn’t make sense either.

      Seriously, fuck, GOP members need to be kicked just because of this. I spit on people stupid and selfish enough to vote for people so fucking compromised.

      • David L. Caster

        Maybe the GOP accepted Russian money, or at least participated in laundering foreign money to fund the campaigns of Republicans, or individual congress people accepted foreign money. If that could be proven, it would be enough perhaps to finally bring down key Republicans in Congress. That could tip the Senate into the hands of democrats and bring about a dem sweep of the House.

        It wouldn’t even have to be this bad, just a few little transgressions might be embarrassing enough to want to hide.

        • robindaybird

          could simply be The Gay since apparently that’s the one thing those loons will not tolerate.

    • Ninja0980

      What could they blackmail Lindsey with.
      Photos of him and his paid boytoy?

      • Lazycrockett

        and who would be surprised? his mama?

        • Ninja0980

          Hmm..come to think of it Tim Scott isn’t married either..

        • clay

          She’s seen him walk.

      • Robincho

        His ham-biscuit lifter….

    • SoCalGal20

      Trump’s mentor, Roy Cohn, would be so proud!

      • BlackGayVeganAtheist

        Roy is providing much fertilizer for the worms feasting on his rotted corpse…what a vile evil little man…

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11c9df7324a647cab0cdfe9d59161a0da6c8e2fed2c39a4db4dd44c0e4c1c20c.jpg

        • Natty Enquirer
          • Oscarlating Wildely

            And they will say “better if he had not been born at all.”

          • BlackGayVeganAtheist

            Donald and Roy are two men who needed their mother’s love

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          I think we’ve moved past worms. At this point, he’s pretty much moldering bones. I’m cool with that.

        • M Jackson

          Cohn will suffer horribly and die nightly as long as Tony Kushner’s masterpiece play “Angels In America” is performed. I heartily recommend it, wherever you are.
          We’ve already seen Nathan Lane’s titanic performance as the villain in the production coming to Broadway in Feb. from britain’s The National Theater.

          • David Walker

            Jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous
            Is Nathan Lane just Cohn or is he taking on other roles as well?
            I want to back your “see it wherever you are” sentiment. A theater I worked for put on both parts, although not in rep, and they nailed. The HBO version is good, but it’s not the live theater experience that “Angels” needs. It’s not just a good script, it’s exciting, vibrant theater.

          • M Jackson

            We saw the live performance that was shown in movie theaters around the country by Fathom Events several months ago. With Andrew Garfield in the lead as Prior. Maybe you can find a way to see it that way.
            Lane plays Cohn only. I’ve seen him in the theater around 10 different times but never this ferocious. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/962e16a40b4b0e119ce5a338f3d83d6930d69cf900136f8a59b6670ee5190506.jpg

          • ChrisMorley

            Britain’s? That’s upset the Scots, Welsh and Irish, who each have their own, and we all spell theatre weirdly.
            Here’s England’s national theatre in London, beside the Thames.

            https://media.timeout.com/images/53121/image.jpg

          • M Jackson

            Yes I garbled that one.
            Don’t upset the Scots!
            I did get to see 2 unforgettable plays there in 1983 when I was a college theater student.
            One Pinter one-act “A Kind Of Alaska” had an amazing actress i’d never heard of — Judy Dench!
            Also an unforgettable “Major Barbara” with Sian Philips.
            God I love the theater!

          • David Walker

            I keep going back to what Carol Burnett observed: “With live theater, you and the audience are breathing the same air.” Almost every time I entered a theater, whether as an audience member or to work a show, I’d always repeat Prologus’ line from “A Funny Thing…”: “The theater is a temple, and we are here to worship the gods of Comedy and Tragedy.” I considered it a sign of respect.

          • M Jackson

            As a secular humanist and
            former actor I agree 100%.
            My feeling about theater as a temple can be summed up in 2 modern theater moments — the entrance of the elephant in the opening of “The Lion King”, and the finale of the musical “Once In This Island”.
            https://youtu.be/dxUXT1rW-0U

          • David Walker

            Thank you for that. One can remember a movie forever, but unless the audience was annoying and/or unruly, nothing about the experience. Plus, anymore, no matter the scene, no matter the visual, it is worked on in post-production. In theater, you get one take. And it’s happening live right in front of you.
            I had 3 engineers during my soundguy “career”…the first was satisfied to get the session over with; the second got into it (I’ll put our JFK rifle shot up against any ever done for “Assassins”); and the third lived to engineer. We had philosophical discussions about thunder, for example. How far away? How intense? Is it for comic or dramatic effect? But for all our similarities, on one point he was adamant: He would not run the board for a live show, especially a musical. He was a recording engineer who needed the luxury of several takes. I, on the other hand, craved live performances, especially musicals…sound effects, 32 actor/singer mics, however many were necessary in the pit, all mixed on a non-computer-driven board. Dear god, that was fun.

          • M Jackson

            Those gunshots in “Assassins”
            are unnerving. I always wanted to play The Balladeer.
            I was in a total of 14 productions of “Forever Plaid” the 4-part close harmony guy group musical that required “studio quality” singing. We depended on the expertise of sound men like you.
            I bet you saw/heard some glorious things, like the sound of a full orchestra playing the score of “Elvita”, another treasured experience I had years ago as a singer.

          • David Walker

            I worked on one production of “Forever Plaid” and enjoyed it. During tech week I was granted one night to get the sound perfected. I didn’t mind that, but I can’t say I cared for the two guys who just couldn’t understand why I’d stop them in mid-song and ask that they go back and start again. Usually I didn’t mind being regarded as an outsider, but I very much resented those who couldn’t get it through their talented heads that I needed to do what I did to make sure they sounded good. Tough concept for some.
            I LOVED preparing for and then working “Assassins.” I wanted to get a different sound for each of the pistols, sort of like an individual assassin’s theme. My engineer didn’t get it at first…a gun’s a gun…but he caught on and by the time we got to Lee Harvey Oswald (The Balladeer played him, right?), he was ready to go the distance, made suggestions, and I didn’t move on until we were both satisfied that it sounded sufficiently horrible.
            People are going to suggest we get a room, but I love talking about sound. My first show was running the board at a community theater production of “The Music Man,” which had, I think, 3 sound cues and, because of no budget, there was 1 body mic that was passed around from soloist to soloist. The second job was running the board on “Angels” Part 2. 87 sound cues, and all of them on individual cassettes. We had 3 double deck cassette players, and I had to choreograph what cassette played in which deck because playing two in the same machine muffled the sound. Baptism by fire and I loved it.
            One more and I promise I’ll stop. One company did the newer version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” as school matinees for area middle schools. After one performance, a young guy stopped beside the board and asked if I did the sound because I didn’t get a part in the play. “No,” I said, “it’s because I like to do sound.” “Me too,” he said, his voice sounding like “somebody else understands.”

          • M Jackson

            Those were very bad Plaids. lol.
            I did the majority of my productions with the same other guys and we prides ourselves on having the best blended “studio” sound as possible, we were adept at mixing with our voices. I was always Jinx the top tenor who gets the nosebleeds and I knew that I couldn’t sing in my falsetto because you can’t blend that way, I used a perilous head voice perched on my top palate for the purest tone. We were thankful for the best sound men we were given but at other theaters we told them to let us do all the mixing ourselves by “riding” our mics.
            It was always so gratifying to eat our blending voices soar to the finale of “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” and I was grateful to get to sin the late James Raitt’s gorgeous clever arrangements.
            Your passion for your area of stagecraft is a joy to read.
            I don’t perform anymore, but I live in NYC and still live to be in a theater experiencing the magic that others create.
            My current passion is the new musical “The Band’s Visit” which just opened on Broadway. It is stunning. Look for it.

          • juanjo54

            His death is one of my favorite parts of the play.

        • pj

          roy had a crush on don. roy taught him how to be a world class asshole.

          • BlackGayVeganAtheist

            Yes, you are correct Roy loved Trump’s uber white looks and he wanted to spend as much time with him as possible…

          • Xaca

            Uber-white? I didn’t know that ‘uber’ meant ‘orange’.

    • Leo

      Claude Taylor, part of the Mensch brigade, has been talking about this for over a year.

      • clay

        But for MSNBC’s legal team to approve it for release means they have two independent sources now confirming it.

    • JCF

      Hmmm, what do you think they could blackmail Lindseybelle for?

  • JWC

    Trump is such an infantile, insecure fucked up asshole, A6 year old in a corpulent adult body Gotta get that “black” outta the white house

  • teeveedub

    How can this asswipe of an excuse for a president claim that he’s in favor of infrastructure improvement and then cancel a critical infrastructure project that is already in the works?

    Each day, he does something to make me despise him even more. Karma has a major project ahead.

    • jimbo65

      Would be nice if real journalists called him out on that. And I don’t think he’s ever been asked pointedly about his obsession with undoing everything Obama. Other than him hating a man that was 10 times the man and POTUS he could ever be.

    • David Walker

      I’m sure he loves NYC, but has he ever lowered himself to the level of train rider? Besides, it leads to New Jersey. On the other hand, it leads INTO New York. So who advised him to ax this one? I agree with JAKvirginia’s comment elsewhere that the tunnel were named after him, it could be a done deal.

  • Robert Flanagan

    Trump, my New Years wish, YOU DIE OF NATURAL CAUSES ON GOLF COURSE! Pleas do and MAGA!

    • Galvestonian

      Hell, just die – natural, unnatural or whatever.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Please, feed the maggots. 🙂

  • Treant

    It’s New York, so he’s thrilled if people get stuck and have to stay at a Trump Hotel And/Or Casino.

    Sorry, Scion Hotel And/Or Casino. Whatever fake brand name he’s using to hide the emoluments these days.

    • Joe in PA

      those people didn’t vote for me anyway.

      Another stick-it-to-the-east-coast-elites? 🙁

      • Treant

        Yep.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Ironic since I think he at least intended to return to NYC after his presidency.

      • Treant

        Oh, he’s tone-deaf enough to do so, but I don’t think he’ll ever be able to go anywhere in public ever again without being booed.

        • Ninja0980

          Nope.
          Life in NYC will be hell for him.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            “Life in NYC will be hell for him.”

            Praise Jesus. Hallelujah.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I wonder if restaurants & theaters will ban him or at least give him the crappiest seats they can. I expect lots of body fluids mixed in with dressings & sauces.

          • clay

            Apparently, he no longer goes out to eat, or anything else.

      • Chucktech

        Yeah, Rikers Island.

      • M Jackson

        As a New Yorker, I wouldn’t advise it.

  • Mike

    Undoing Obama, and punishing blue states by harming their infrastructure, even as he harps on infrastructure as if he knows what that word means. (He thinks improving infrastructure means relieving building regulations. He said so at his “I love nazis” press conference.) It’s a Trump triple play.

  • Hue-Man

    They’ll just have to use their chauffeur-driven limousines…

    • Joe in PA

      limosines will be worthless with the increased traffic…they will use helicopters. 🙁

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    Obama’s GREATEST legacy which Donald can NEVER erase was and still is HOPE for a brighter future here in America for ALL of its citizens

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22f7e6d850fd0d28a6d628ebc1bd7c9b45fa17b575ef5d88ca509d6f39ce97d4.jpg

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Governance by spite.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      This is why I tend to gag when I hear Dem pols say “reach across the aisle” because I’d rather hear “return 10 times what was dished out to us” instead.

  • Friday

    This is economic warfare on the Blue states and common people.

    • M Jackson

      Without a doubt. His base are lining up at their pig troughs to eat this one up.

      • Friday

        Too bad his ‘base’ are going to go hungry there, too.

        • robindaybird

          and they’ll be too stupid to realize the reason is because Trump’s selling their feed to Farmer Putin down the road.

  • Michael R
  • Slippy_World
  • shellback

    Put him the fuck away while we still have a salvageable country.

    • Treant

      At this point, any Republican would be just as bad and just as tone-deaf. Hell, Moore actually won the primary in Alabama and the Teabagger faction is fairly large.

      • Ninja0980

        My Rep and the one in the district North to me are proof of that.
        They are shocked, SHOCKED no one is buying their excuses for voting yes and screwing them over with higher taxes.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    If Obama had cured cancer, this asshole would find a way to bring it back. Hurry up, Mueller, and fry the sonofabitch’s ass before he kills us all.

    • -M-

      It’s a good thing they discarded bin laden’s body.

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        take off the fat man suite and toss the idiot hair piece and behind the toe dragging tie you folks have something worse living in a white house.

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  • Oscarlating Wildely

    No barbarism is too unkind as to how that man should be treated. Fucker.

    Remember this day, you asshole? Remember when commuters next the Hudson were injured en masse and four dead due to a fucked up train? I can show you the shots from Philly of the same thing but no, that won’t mean shit, or the fact that Amtrak and NJT share the same tracks and as one goes, so goes the other. Read as: All train traffic in the northeast is fucked.

    Blood is on your hands your pussy grabbing dickhead.

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1533986.1385908489!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/derailed6-1201.jpg

  • SoCalGal20

    Schneiderman should take the opportunity to seize all of Trump’s NY assets in a massive financial crimes sting. 🙂

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Women really need to start running everything. Men have been fucking it up for too many millennia.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      And all to prove that they have big cocks.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    • Treant

      Don’t worry, you’ll fuck it up just as badly and just as much.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        I’ve more than willing to give them a try.

        • Treant

          Sure, if they’re voted into office, I’m cool with that.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            If there was a coup to put women in charge of government, I don’t think I’d mind the change. Sure, there’s Teresa Mays out there. There’s more Maxines to counter balance.

          • Treant

            Margaret Thatcher. Indira Ghandi’s little 1975 venture. Imelda Marcos.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            I cannot honestly not think of a single woman acting not in tandem with her husband in modern American or European history– including Thatcher who I hope rots in a coal pit fire of hell– who is as bad as Donnie. Nary a one.

          • BobSF_94117

            Speaking of Thatcher, I always knew there was something profoundly wrong with her.

            https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/29/margaret-thatcher-aversion-to-pandas-declassified-papers

          • David Walker

            Well, that explains a lot. Sort of like the fucking moron and pets.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Dear Christ, can she get any more evil and fucked up?

          • Treant

            Aversion to PANDAS? Now I’ve heard everything.

          • UrsusArctos 🐻

            That was political savvy. Cartoonists would have shredded her with weeks of “The circus is coming to town”. That and the fact a cute panda would highlight her raw naked ugliness that came from inside.

          • netxtown

            yes – but think of the Porter’s, Moore’s, and Bachmanns. Let’s face it. ALL republicans are fucking cray-cray.

    • Ninja0980

      Democratic women.
      I wouldn’t let any of the Republican women in office right now run a post office, let alone the WH etc.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Republican women don’t think that they’re really women. They want to be men but find it is impossible to biologically do so, so they just act like their asshole husbands as that’s “what real women and all people should do.”

        Yea, bitches be crazy.

        • Ninja0980

          Some of it’s that but the ones I’ve met really buy into the notion that they are “good girls” and thus deserve everything while “bad ones” aka deserve nothing.

      • zhera

        If society is run by women, the women who vote GOP today will vote much more liberal simply because they do as they’re told, they believe the patriarchal lies in today’s world. Remove those lies and liars, and ALL women will vote with sanity.

        /hopeful

      • Cattleya1

        I would not let them run a lemonade stand.

    • Scout

      I’m thinking women of color need to start running everything

      • Yeah… way too many white women who’ve been voting in Republicans.

        Women of color should run everything for at least a few decades. Shut this thing down until we can figure it out, y’know. I believe a barking gourd said that once, and although he’s a despicable liar, sometimes he has adaptable ideas.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Maxine Waters for president, 2020!

        • Poppy Graham

          Yea that will never happen. White nationals will never allow that.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Or, just POC in general.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Ramen!

    • JWC

      Being a man I would agree and more gay people str8 white old men only want to preserve one thing

    • Mihangel apYrs

      Sorry to disagree, but women have been playing the power game for millennia, just not so obviously. Read about their activities in the Roman republic and empire; Elizabeth Tudor, Mary Tudor, the Russian regnant Tsaritsas, etc etc.

      • JCF

        Nope, the isolated elite woman ruler under unchecked patriarchy is not a true test of *democratic* women’s rule [which might be fucked up, for all I know. But I don’t think it’s truly been tested (even Maggie T was playing a man-in-a-dress)]

        • Mihangel apYrs

          I think we will disagree on this: too many women in power in too many different societies have used the patriarchy (if you wish to use that construct) in brutal and vile ways to fulfill their aims to suggest that they are exceptions to womanhood

    • perversatile
  • Shadowman777

    And even if he did get rid of all that President Obama accomplished, trump would still never come close to the high regard and respect the world and the American people have for President Obama. trump will always be a permanent stain on the nation’s reputation.Facts.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Not to mention Obama’s penis will always by MUCH MUCH bigger, something that no doubt permanently enrages Trumpy. Oh, and his wife actually loves him, so there’s that.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I heard Obama’s is 7 X as big as his.

        ( 7 x 2 = 14 )

  • AJ Drew

    Oh, I’m sure the WH will spin this back to some version “contractors funded by stock holders” should take over the project, to “save tax payers’ money,” (and to fill investors’ coffers.)

    And hey, no pesky federal safety regulations required!

  • JCF

    MAXINE!!!

    Reclaiming her time (on MSNBC) re the Drumpf/Deutsche Bank investigation!

    • JCF

      Laying down the law re supposed “bipartisanship”: “No deals w/ this liar!”

      • Treant

        I’m failing to understand bipartisanship in a polarized environment like this anyway. The Republicans have run off the rails.

        That doesn’t mean we have to half run off the rails to accommodate them.

    • JCF

      And closing with….IMPEACHMENT! 😀

  • zhera

    Why are there two Penn Stations? Isn’t that just asking for confusion and mistakes?

    As for Donnie, of course he’s cancelling this. He hates New York for voting against him. He has tried his whole life to be liked by the NY elite, and they laughed in his face. Whenever the tunnel collapses, he can blame the libs, the dems, Obama, Hillary, New York Times, the muslims dancing on rooftops in New Jersey, etc.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      The NYC Penn Station is currently home of NJT, LIRR, MTA (six subway routes) and Amtrak. There is talk of moving Amtrak to the old post office across the street and using different tracks as the congestion in Penn Station is a fucking nightmare on a good day.

      Newark also has a Penn Station, which confuses the shit out of the tourists when they hear Newark and think it’s New York– and wonder why the skyline is so far away.

      Having noted, Penn Station is quite possibly the ugliest structure in the history of NYC. It’s so heinous it’s underground so people can’t see it. God, it’s really fucking ugly.

      • R W C

        REALLY ugly is an understatement in light of its former glory.
        https://goo.gl/images/Ay2BX7

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Sick, sad irony: There is a photo of the old Penn Station still in the current station. It’s next to the restrooms. I shit you not.

      • Kruhn

        Baltimore also has a Penn Station.

    • R W C

      Thanks to the Pennsylvania Railroad of yore there were Penn Stations in many cities.

      • zhera

        I think I understand how, just not WHY. Naming the stations with different names is kinda logical and sensible.

        • David Walker

          Yes, but you could well have two or three railroad lines running through the same city. It was easier to identify which station to go through if it were named after the railroad. It could be done now, since the east is run by Amtrak, but the stations are known by their old names.

          Also, did Norway always have just one railroad company? That would explain the station names matching the community names. If there were more than one company back in the beginning, Oslo, Bergen, and Myrdahl would probably name their stations after the rail company.

          • zhera

            I guess you can tell I’m from a small country? More than one railroad line/company? “But why?”

            /Norwegian

          • David Walker

            Competition, capitalism, greed, money…all the things that made Murka great.

          • zhera

            Only one company, state-controlled. There have been talks about privatizing but I don’t see how that can work in Norway.

        • R W C

          Time will tell how Penn Station’s Moynihan Train Hall will be known ‘on the street.’ Underground they are interconnected by an tunnels and passageways.

    • David Walker

      As R W C notes, the once-mighty Pennsylvania Railroad built a lot of stations with its name. Other railroads did the same, but as they collapsed, Amtrak didn’t pick up their routes, so the various Reading stations and such were left for vandals to destroy. One utterly gorgeous exception is the remodeled, refurbished, and downright gorgeous Lackawanna Station in Scranton, PA, now the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. I can’t post pictures (it’s a long story), but you should look it up on Google.

      • Joe in PA

        I will thanks. I didn’t know that.

        • David Walker

          You’re close enough to do a day visit. You can still tell that it was a station, much of the original architecture was maintained, and it’s been “repurposed” beautifully.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Denver’s Union Station. Same model. And way overpriced drinks.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Just once, I would like an underpriced drink,

        • David Walker

          I was disappointed when I was in Denver in 2012 for the GALA convention. It was still being remodeled. And I wasn’t directing our gay men’s chorus in 2016, so I missed it.

      • coram nobis

        There’s also the former Santa Fe locale in Chicago, Dearborn Station. The tracks are gone but the station is now a model example of urban renewal, offices and shops.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dearborn_Station

      • netxtown

        being a bit of a train enthusiast (O gauge!) – I love seeing these old rail stations. These were THE buildings of their time – and a huge amount of effort and design went into making them standouts in the local economies. I can only hope donnie never ever decides to put his nasty paws on any of them.

        • David Walker

          I was raised in an American Flyer family, mostly because we literally lived beside the PRR in the late ’40s into the ’60s and we knew that REAL trains didn’t have that silly rail running down the middle of the track. We lived beside the main line of the PRR and I learned something a little while back that makes sense but I was unaware of: Their prize train, The Broadway Limited, was NOT named after the avenue of dreams, as I’d always assumed. Rather, the main line was 4 tracks wide and was referred to as the broad way. So the Broadway Limited, which sped by the house nightly between 8:15 and 8:20, has taken on a new understanding. As for the fucking moron, most of the stations are on the Registry of Historic Buildings. However, since he’s trying to destroy everything else and he has a background in “development,” they may be next on the chopping block.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        I’m from a rail family (B&O) and love seeing terminals preserved.
        After decades of neglect the gorgeous 1907 Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio terminus station in Mobile, AL was refurbished. The city’s using it as a transit terminal, but it’ll probably fall into decline again once the federal dollars supporting it go away. It’s not in an area that’s great for development as retail, sitting alongside an active industrial port. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf,_Mobile_and_Ohio_Passenger_Terminal

      • clay

        Philly’s still got its Reading Terminal, with it’s enormous and beautiful barrel vault.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          True, although that’s the entrance above Jefferson (nee Market East) into the Convention Center. The tracks are there but well, no trains run above ground.

          Now, 30th? That’s still gorgeous and in use, although the shops are god awful, with pathetic hours.

          http://cdn.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/30thStreet.jpg

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    The United States of America has a terrorist running the country.
    Good luck with…oh, too late.

  • coram nobis

    So much for that talk about upgrading infrastructure.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • David Walker

      I assume the cop is there to take it down.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        I don’t think that he can if it’s shared property with a neighbor. It’s like a tree. You get to share the love.

      • JCF

        Nope. The flag-wavers had a nice talk w/ the cops:

        “When they said, ‘We’re not here to control your free speech rights,’
        they came out with chili and began feeding them,” he said of the couple.

        🙂

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          And it was best damned chili *ever,* garnishes and all.

          • David Walker

            Neat. I guess this is an example of the difference between librul flag wavers and teabaggers. They attack using the flag as a shield; we serve the best damned chili ever!

          • Bambino

            All they ever serve is hate. Something something about honey and vinegar with one of them pisses off the flies.

        • David Walker

          Excellent! Thanks for telling me this. It has somehow cheered me up immensely.

          • JCF

            Glad to do so!

        • KarenAtFOH

          And corn bread, per another article.

          • JCF

            Well if you’re serving chili, you’ve GOT to have cornbread! 😉

        • zhera

          But somebody called the cops? Because of this? *headdesk*

          • David Walker

            Congratulations. I see you’ll never be a true Murkin. Well done.

          • zhera

            Thank FSM!

          • JCF

            Because it was a joint driveway with where Pence was staying, I think the cops were just there already.

        • Bambino

          In that case, I would like to have a nice talk with that cop.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      oh honey, he’s in Aspen? I used to live in Colorado. Aspen is Fire Island, Winter Castle style. There’s a LOT of non-hetero to go around, Mikey,.

      • Robincho

        And during Gay Ski Week, for years the soup-du-jour every jour at Little Annie’s was cock-a-leeky…

  • Lazycrockett
    • RobynWatts

      That is just heartbreaking….😞. R.I.P.

    • TuuxKabin

      May her light burn eternal on us, left behind. R.I.P. Condolences to her family and she helped.

    • Harveyrabbit

      She did have a pre-existing heart condition but I think it’s safe to assume the stresses of losing her father in such a horrific way likely hastened her death. So sad.

  • coram nobis

    Followup to an earlier story at JMG about Donald’s loony NYT interview. Two analyses think something’s seriously wrong with him.

    Vox:
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/29/16829806/trump-interview-new-york-times

    Esquire:
    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14516912/donald-trump-new-york-times-michael-schmidt/

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Donnie’s nuts.

      And in other news, water is wet. Nothing is going to rain on the Republican reign.

      • coram nobis

        Question is whether it’s a mental illness — one article talks about the “Dunning-Kruger Effect” — or Alzheimer’s progressing. If it’s the latter, then his brain is turning into Swiss cheese. The Esquire analyst thinks it suits the GOP to prop him up while they do a smash-and-grab (his term) on the country.

        • AJ Drew

          I personally think the Dunning-Kruger effect analysis is correct; combined with some mix of other life-long personality disorders, DT just has to prop himself up. Unlike dementia, DT can hold a thought, though he strays manically away onto other topics, but he does return to the original topic. The problem is that there isn’t much factual weight behind the thoughts to begin with.

    • Treant

      Only two? 🙂

      What I hate is the pussy-footing. “He’s sick, he needs to be removed right now, and he’s a danger to the nation. This is the man who holds the nuclear football, and he can barely speak. What he does say is arrogant, delusional, and dangerous. Congress must act now. Not tomorrow. Now.”

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Hear, hear.

        But that would entail Congress having ethics and standards outside of Party Uber Alles.

    • Jerry Kott

      It is the result of toxic lying, it eats your brain. He is haunted. He is emotionally disturbed. His arrogance is not the result of brain chemistry.

  • anne marie in philly

    JFC! the orange muthafucka is fucking nutso!

  • RossPDX

    Call it the Jesus H. Christ Fetus Memorial Tunnel. Then ask if he still wants to abort it.

  • Rocco

    Just another reason to get Little Lord Fauntleroy out of office as soon as possible.

  • BobSF_94117

    Why is everyone upset? I’m sure Trump will gladly spend the same money to build completely federally funded highways in Texas and let some company pony up 5% for perpetual toll rights…

  • TheManicMechanic

    The rich don’t use these rails, so it will not be funded.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      “No need for rails! Corporate jets baby!”
      {Biggest tax write-off for the 0.0001% in 2018}

  • Cuberly Deux

    Discord and division….Putin is pleased.

  • Taylor Bixler
  • Wynter Marie Starr

    What a fucking asshole. Did Obama humiliate him so much that he feels the need to do this? I can’t wait until the next Dem gets into power and eracticates this lunatics bad decisions. It’s amazing how much I despise a man I don’t know. History will not be kind to this jerk, nor should it be. He will be humiliating the next 10 generations of his spawn.

    • Danieruw

      Oh I hope there are not going to be ten more generations of that family!

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        This sort of PWT seems to breed out of control.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          The one natural resource from America that will never be exhausted.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        Have you seen the satire/comedy documentary movie Idiocracy? *grin*

    • AJ Drew

      Crass but true, it all comes down to this:
      (time to let women actually rule for a while.)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f5e36be5b57f7ea293880fa40a242891d177a916bd83b212628dded2ebd81ee.jpg

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Women do need to rule. Men have spent the past few 1,000 years proving they have no fucking clue what they’re doing.

        • JAKvirginia

          They know what their doing but their dicks (re: egos) keep getting in the way.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          Coming from long (multiple) lines of women that got shit done, I couldn’t agree more. The best of those type of women is that they often make their men pretty damned good as a side effect.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        LOL, I don’t care if its crass, I love it!

      • Bambino

        I’m not a size queen but in this case, I rather bite down the pillow.

    • TuuxKabin

      As somebody said yesterday, “he really is the most loathsome human on the planet.”

      ‘Being’ is more like it, but certainly the truth.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        So true. He really is a horrible human being.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I predict 10 generations with nearly no infants being named Donald. That name will fade away, like Adolph and Elmer.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        LET’S HOPE SO.

  • safari

    Can’t we just use eminent domain laws to replace a blighted president with someone new?

    • Lars Littlefield

      If only. (sigh)

    • David

      Like a monkey sock puppet?

      • JAKvirginia

        Jim Henson, you died too soon.

  • David

    This will hurt millions.
    It only underscores the fact the republicans hate most Americans.

  • Halou

    So much for that trillion dollar investment program Trump was talking about not that long ago. He’d be more than happy to throw a billion dollars to rebuild the road connecting mar-a-lago to his Florida golf club.

  • Lizard

    …less than two weeks after a high-profile Amtrak crash that killed three people.

    Great PR work, Donald. I see why you were such a successful businessman. /s

  • SoCalGal20

    Wow. This is a BIG story. “Coffee boy” George Papadopoulos got drunk at the Kensington Wine Rooms in London in May 2016 and blabbed to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    Two months later when the emails started to leak, the Aussies passed the info on to their U.S. counterparts. And, of course, that has zero to do with the dossier. Lots more in the article.

    https://twitter.com/mepfuller/status/947155505637715968

    • safari

      How Russian of him.

    • Halou

      George had better not accept any tea time invites from the Russian embassy.

    • Lizard

      PLEASE let this incompetent administration ultimately be brought down by a piss-drunk aide bragging about criminal activities.

    • Taylor Bixler
      • SoCalGal20

        Dude wore a wire for months and made a sweetheart plea deal with Mueller. He’s probably feeling pretty comfotable with his lot in life right about now.

        • Taylor Bixler

          Wire or not, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. He seems like he is in denial to me.

      • JT

        Mykonos, huh? Hmm.

    • Cuberly Deux

      “He was the coffee boy.”

      Hahahahahahahahaha….oh my, this is gettin good.

      • SoCalGal20

        Yeah, one of the more ridiculous lies ever told.

        • Cuberly Deux

          Wonder if this is why he had his loony NYTs interview. He knew this was coming.

          How many times did he repeat, there was no collusion?

          • clay

            23 times, and apparently lied 24 times, which means he might have made 47 untrue statements.

          • Cuberly Deux

            (sigh)….and his cult regards his lies as Donnie putting one over on the fake news media…..

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        “Clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee, and….”

        • TuuxKabin

          . . . “You’re so lame . . .”

          • coram nobis

            “You’re where you should be all the time,
            And when you’re not, you’re with
            Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend …”

          • TuuxKabin

            “Whore of a close friend.”

    • Halou
  • Thorn Spike

    What a spiteful turd he is.

  • Bambino
  • safari
    • David Walker

      Uh-huh.

    • zhera

      Honey, you ain’t gay. You’re homosexual. Only good people get to call themselves gay.

      • zhera

        That was for the Conservative Gay Guy, and not for Safari. Obviously!

        • safari

          One of my best friends, a straight guy, jokingly called me faggot once because he thought we’re on that level. It was very awkward for both of us.

          • AJ Drew

            Yeah… similar experience when a straight friend thought a funny nickname for me would be “A-Gay.”

          • Reality.Bites

            My favourite nickname for a gay guy is White Josh.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfcebZI3dJo

          • zhera

            Ouch. Hopefully the friendship survived.

          • safari

            It did. It was just a minute of shoe-staring as a consequence.

      • Tor

        Bingo!

    • Barry William Teske

      Oh look,
      ConservativeGayGuy is a liar.
      Nothing new there.

      • Bambino

        He was bitter he wasn’t invited in to have a bowl of fabulous chili.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Pence’s so-called tolerant Left neighbors: We just want to hang a sign.

      Pence: We just want to hang you.

    • SoCalGal20

      I think ConserrvativeGayGuy may be a bot. He also appears to be a skinhead. Also, if he’s not a bot he’s recycling every shitty trope about immigration and being a gay conservative that were trotted out during the election.

    • Cuberly Deux

      “The so called tolerant left…”

      They’ll never understand that that ole sad trope just doesn’t wash outside of the Fox Newster bubble.

    • Bambino

      He was piss off the only thing that is hung was just a flag. Oh well back to the bushes he goes.

    • JCF
    • R W C

      I feel about as much cohesive, integrated respect for my personhood as I do for my sexuality from Trump/Pence, zero.

    • Reality.Bites

      The chances of CGG being a real person are less than zero.

    • R W C

      “Gay conservative/libertarian. Defender of free speech and the free market. Individualist. Skeptic. American. 🇺🇸 Email: [email protected]

      It seems he’s having a hard time with the FREE SPEECH thing this weekend!

      • clay

        Uh, when you feel the need to specify that you have a US email . . .

    • OdieDenCO

      “I’m a person first” No! in the eyes of people like pence you are a target to be stoned to death at the first opportunity.

  • JT

    OT but the same kind of mental nonentity

    Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City and member of the school board of John Rex Elementary School, is being pushed to resign after he made comments comparing homosexuality to pedophilia.

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/12/republican-pressured-resign-comparing-homosexuality-pedophilia/

    • zhera

      The surprise is that he’s being pushed to resign. In Alabama they’d give him a Senator’s seat.

  • lymis

    When Trump said that in 2108 he would be focusing on infrastructure, I didn’t realize he meant he’d be dismantling it.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Putin’s instructions.

      • Yep. Virtually EVERYTHING Cheeto Twittler and his gang of plundering goblins have done has in some way weakened America.

        – Canceling infrastructure projects
        – Alienating allies & partners (both defensive and trade)
        – Taught the world that its President’s word cannot be trusted
        – Turning away from alternative energy development
        – Undermining our democracy & system of gov’t
        – Gutting huge swathes of the the executive branch
        – Killing hundreds of programs, large and small
        – Passing a gigantic unpaid-for tax cut for the rich & corporations
        – Squandering billions on GOP special perks, including Donald’s $100s of millions on vacations, and his cabinet’s cushy travel & luxury spending on themselves
        – Repealing regulations to keep our air breathable, water drinkable, food edible and products safe
        – Ignoring Americans who’ve been devastated by hurricanes and wildfires (i.e., PR, California)
        – Attempting to quash the 1st Amendment
        – Doing nothing about ongoing Russian interference in our elections
        – Deliberately undermining confidence in America’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies

        And lots, lots more. Not a single thing they’ve done has in any way enhanced the nation’s ‘greatness.’

        • canoebum

          A traitor sits in the Oval Office. If there was any justice, he would he hanged on the Washington Mall. We haven’t had an official public hanging in this country since 1936. I think we’re overdue.

          • cleos_mom

            I’d prefer a fatal accident no one could be blamed for, followed by cremation and a scattering of ashes over a toxic waste dump. Or a water treatment “lagoon” would do. Much tidier.

          • canoebum

            That would be acceptable, but a hanging would send a much needed message.

    • zhera

      Has he done ANYTHING that can be called ‘good’, ‘useful’, or at least ‘not harmful’?

    • Halou

      2108 seems about accurate, considering how quickly (or not) he is getting to work in other important policy areas.

      There have been several pan-American hemispheric trade meetings going on throughout 2017 at which heads of state from southern, central and northern America were invited and most of them attended because it is a big issue for them and the countries they represent. Trump was absent every time, not even sending a representative in his place.
      All the while China’s share of regional trade grows and grows again.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Not a single day – that the Dotard does not do something jaw-droppingly stupid.
    Pathetic!

  • Bambino
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Though he will try, he will not succeed.

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/947200113851629570

    • AJ Drew

      Oh no no no, DT will never be forgotten, hopefully as a negative example for others.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        True, but my meaning was in regards to his being remembered at all fondly; you point, however, is well made.

      • RJ Bone

        … And this because the U.S. apparently has a short-ass memory 😀

    • Halou
    • RJ Bone

      I like this for crushing his ego… 😀

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        I feel it’s my duty to do my part.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    Typical, of course, to release the information just before a holiday.

  • Reality.Bites
  • SoCalGal20

    Meanwhile over at Susan Collins’s office…

    https://twitter.com/shareblue/status/947177974452940800

    • David Walker

      Locks her office doors. Refuses to answer constituents. Sounds like she’s been getting advice from Pat Toomey.

      • clay

        Has she moved her home office to a high rise with front desk security? Oh, wait, she’s in Maine.

    • Bambino
    • coram nobis

      “She plays Medea, later this week.”

      • CB

        Yeah. She didn’t anticipate the tragedy tomorrow.

    • AJ Drew

      One wonders if LePage sent her a gift basket in thanks.

    • William

      Chicken.

  • Xaca

    To everyone in Jersey who voted for Christie, and then Trump: Fuck you.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    He would have no problem spending public funds on a super-premium, Lexus-lane SOV only tunnel, to be turned over to a private operator for $1 upon completion.

    • AJ Drew

      Yup. Or that train: “Only stop, Trump Tower. All passengers must exit. Pay exit fee for doors to open.”

  • AJ Drew

    Hmm… word of the day, “anomie.”

    Definition of anomie

    : social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values
    “The reforms of a ruined economy, under these conditions, brought about social anomie, desperation and poverty rather than relief and prosperity.” —T. Mastnak

    ; also : personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals
    “In the face of these prevailing values, many workers experience a kind of anomie. Their jobs become empty, meaningless, and intrinsically unsatisfying.” —Robert Straus

  • GanymedeRenard

    If the Orange Turd could revive Bin Laden, no question he’d do it just to undo an Obama achievement.

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, the Chinese are spending at least $900 billion for the belt-and-road (New Silk Road railway &c.) initiative.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative

    • EdA

      Which is being paid for in noticeable part with the interest from the Bush tax cuts and which will be paid for even more with the interest from the $1,500,000,000,000 in the added deficit from tax cuts for the 1% and companies that already have more money than they, quite literally, know what to do with.

  • Will Parkinson
  • Wesinoregon

    They need to save the money for those rich tax giveaways.

  • Licensed Troll

    I’m sure it’s retaliation for the Trump charity foundation and University fiascos.

    • clay

      Steal that last little bit of thunder from Christie.

  • netxtown

    His over-the-top revenge antics piss me off to no end. Blue states, PR, Obama – his childish spitting and bullying WILL cost him dearly – sooner or later. Dirty sonofabitch. I hope when his day comes – it is with tremendous pain and prolonged suffering.

    • RJ Bone

      Lonely and abandoned at the end will be the icing on the cake, considering that scumbag’s ego.

      Utterly abandoned.

  • Richard Schneider

    Strong in this one, the appallingly stupid is.

  • SelectFromWhere

    “…perhaps the nation’s most crucial infrastructure project.”

    Your NYC-centrism is showing again, Crain’s. A link between NJ and NY is The NATION’S most crucial?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      It is THE passenger rail link between the Northeast and the rest of the lower 48.

      • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

        ALL of the lower 48? Exactly how does this impact, oh say, Phoenix or Beverly Hills?

        • EdA

          Because people can’t get by rail from New York and New England to the rest of the country — or the other way around — without crossing the Hudson River.

          • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

            I have never seen the Hudson River. The few times I visited relatives in Queens and then Long Island, they neglected to mention we were already on said island. What pass for rivers around here are wide ditches full of gray dust. And homeless people. Whose bright idea was it to build a city with a river as a barrier?/s

          • EdA

            I’m going to take your question seriously, Lee, as not being the spoof it appears to be.

            When Europeans came to the New World, for trade and to settle, the New York Harbor was far the best potential port on the Eastern Seaboard. Until the invention of the railroad, and to a large extent still today, rivers throughout the world were and are the most effective means of transportation while serving also as barriers against invasion (except for people making war by sea), and the Hudson River is an unparalleled route into eastern North America, challenged only by the St. Lawrence, which, however, freezes for longer and much more thoroughly and serves a hinterland much less productive of anything other than maple syrup and future Canadians.

          • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

            The last part of my comment was indeed a spoof. It’s just that I come from an area where the only apparent natural body of water is the ocean.

          • stevenj

            San Francisco also has water on 3 sides as a natural barrier. Getting kind of crowded here these days.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            You forgot the Canal. That really changed things in terms of shipping to the middle part of the country. Prior to that the big port was New Orleans. Canal gets built, the middle of N. America and the Great Lakes open up: boom, New Orleans has Mardi Gras but that’s about it. NYC takes over.

          • EdA

            Hi, you’re right, Oscarlating. But New York City had to get settled long before the Erie Canal could be even a figment of a far-seeing set of imaginations could occur.

          • stevenj

            The Dutch in the 1600’s bought Manhattan for $24 from the Canarsee Indians. Such a deal.

          • cleos_mom

            It’s been done. Ever visit Washington D.C.? Talk about buying swampland….

          • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

            Actually I got that from an East Coast relative when I lived in LA. He wanted to visit a friend in the San Fernando Valley and get there under his own power (hah). This being before the internet I called the bus system and got a route for him to take. It was basically three sides of a very large rectangle. I showed him the route on a fold-out map. He then asked me why it was not possible to take the last side of the rectangle and go due north. I took him outside and showed him the Santa Monica Mountains. I mentioned that they were in the way. His comment: Whose bright idea was it to put a mountain range in the middle of a city.

          • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

            Once. I read somewhere it was put there because at the time it was the midpoint of the country.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          And how does Phoenix’s federally-funded Valley Metro light rail system affect anything in the Northeast?

          https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2017/04/27/valley-metro-ceo-federal-cuts-threaten-light-rail.html

          • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

            It doesn’t. Unless there is some grand scheme to connect every transit system in the contiguous states.

        • clay

          Got any pension funds?

    • stevenj

      The NY’s metro region population is roughly 20 million people. Millions commute and and out of several NYC terminals (Grand Central, Port Authority, Penn Station) daily. The infrastructure is crumbling. There have been several derailments and injuries at Penn Station in just the last 6 months. The tunnel under the Hudson is often overwhelmed with rail traffic causing slowdowns and stoppages. It would be like having a run down 10 lane freeway narrowed down to 2 lanes in each direction. It has nothing to do with NY centrism. It’s about getting millions of people in the nations largest metro area into the city and out again safely and reliably.

      • SelectFromWhere

        I don’t deny that it’s NEW YORK’s biggest priority–it was just the term “The Nation’s” that i find NYC-centric. People west of Chicago won’t even notice

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      It’s also the cross roads for a hell of a lot of people: 45 million people live within 200 miles of Philadelphia, the near the epicenter of that corridor of train travel across the country’s wealthiest and most-densely populated areas. Trains here are key to power and economics for a lot of people, a lot of power, a lot of economics. And the Gateway project will affect travel across the heart of that region. And yes, that will affect the nation.

    • kareemachan

      snark fail.

  • Tomcat

    Trump needs to save the money for his tunnel to China and Russia through the earth he is planning to build.

  • Since day one of the new Congress, the GOP has worked *hard* to erase any trace in our laws that a black man was President of the United States of America. If you watch their weekly itinerary, it’s been a very significant percent of what they have been doing each day they are actually on the floor. Especially in those early days when all it took was a simple motion, but afterwards, too.

  • Michael White

    VOTE 2018 and bring a 1st timer. It is the only way to overwhelmingly get rid of the trash in all three branches of the government.

    • kareemachan

      And hopefully drumpster’s family will forget to vote. Again.

  • EdA

    So much for the non-existent transportation bill that the Piece of Trump of the Untied States started talking about.

  • Mike

    The syphilitic king is punishing the blue states for not contributing to his “historic” win of the electoral college by a mind-boggling! staggering! 77,000 votes.

    If Democrats have any sense, this is one of the things they will campaign on in 2018. Your psycho president will deliberately harm the infrastructure in your state unless you bow to him. Is that who you are, fearful toadies who let yourselves be blackmailed by a scumbag liar and thief? Ask yourself what you are and what you want to be before you vote, and if you have any pride, you will vote Democratic.

    • Daveed_WOW

      It was the first thing I thought of when I read that headline. It’s punitive. Fuck that guy.

    • cleos_mom

      If the Democrats have any sense, they’ll also get proactive about the time bombs in the GOP’s tax scam and harp on from now until the midterms — which aren’t very far off. If they follow the usual course they’ll do nothing until the shit hits the fan and then go into defensive mode when the Republikkkans start blaming them/us for the consequences.

      There’s a rich supply of metaphors, including a favorite MO of major league grifters — send your marks “dividend checks” (actually just a small partial refund) for the first few months to reinforce the belief that this is a legit investment. Then when the checks stop coming, the mark will understandably presume that it’s just a mistake and by the time it’s obvious that he’s been had, the scammer is long gone.

  • Don_K

    Back to the tunnel, Reps are desperately hoping there will be a Dem POTUS when the existing tunnels fail so they’ll have a campaign issue. I’ve been doing some reading on Penn Station and the tunnels recently, and these tunnels that were considered a risky bet when proposed have been in place for 112 years and in regular service for 108 years. Even without the capacity issues that have arisen recently, these tubes are old and in need of major maintenance.

    • canoebum

      The GOP will have a hard time of making a campaign issue out of a failed tunnel after a Republican Governor and a so-called “President”, killed the work to upgrade them.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Egregious! The man is mad. Twenty-Fifth (XXVth) Amendment. Whosoever shall have the balls to invoke it probably deserves to be President.(*)

    (*) No zealots need apply; decisions of the judges are final and binding and not appealable. Other terms and restrictions may apply. Void where prohibited. Not valid with any other offers. Cash Value: 1/20th of One Cent

  • Henry Auvil

    Trump also heard that “Hamilton” was very overrated.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      For one, it’s not called “Trump.”

      • kareemachan

        Well, it would have to be called “shitgibbon”, so….

    • David Walker

      How could it not be? It’s got a not-all-white cast and it was created by a Puerto Rican. And it’s pretty obvious how he feels about that island surrounded by lots of water, big water, out there in the middle of the ocean. And, as Mickey Bitsko says, it’s not called “Trump.”
      He does need his own musical, though…perhaps created by the people who made “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

  • joe ho

    no problem. stein and slurandon will foot the bill. both parties the same.

  • Paula

    If they privatize all the roads, will I have to carry 10,000 quarters with me for the tolls to drive across the country?

    • RJ Bone

      It’s absurd, but yeah, that basic idea sounds exactly like them.

  • Bert_Bauer

    Conservative sociopath – but I repeat myself.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Republicans consider all forms of public transit to be socialism. They think that everybody should be driving pickup trucks over open range land, while pointing guns out the windows.

    • Daveed_WOW

      That’s the image of the exurban voters, yes. But the Urban Republican thinks traffic is fine except for all those damn buses and train tracks.

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  • Tempus Fuggit

    This—all of it—sucks large. I hope for everyone’s sake that it’s teaching all of us important lessons—lots of them, ranging from the importance of active participation (not just voting, though that too), to the danger of they’re-all-alike thinking, to the magnitude of electoral consequences. Especially I hope we are learning that “Oh, those pitiably marginalised people in flyover country, they’ve been waiting so long, nobody listens to their points of view; let’s let them drive for awhile” might be a touching sentiment, but its toxic flaw is that the rest of us also get the government they deserve.

  • Homo Erectus

    I had the “pleasure” of passing through Penn Station last week. Who knew it had only one women’s bathroom, and that it was out of service, or that the signs that directed you upstairs to a temporary restroom led you outside and down the block to a facility that was frozen solid and also out of order?