I’m going to try to keep this brief since it’s mostly old news now anyway.
Governor-elect Kasich is making good on his campaign promises by rejecting federal stimulus funds for startup passenger rail service between Ohio’s four largest cities.
Kasich wants passenger-train spending stopped; Strickland refuses
Governor-elect says $400 million should go for roads or freight rail in Ohio
Monday, November 8, 2010 03:51 PM
By Mark Niquette
The Columbus Dispatch
Gov.-elect John Kasich today formally asked outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland to halt any further spending for a proposed high-speed passenger rail system, saying no more funding should go toward a project that Kasich doesn’t want.
Kasich sent a letter to Strickland asking him to cancel all contracts for the project and also wrote to President Barack Obama asking him to instead reallocate the $400 million that Ohio received for the rail project for freight rail or roads in the state.
“In the event that you cannot accede to my request, I ask that you take no actions to spend the funds allocated to Ohio so that these funds can go toward reducing the federal government’s $1.4 trillion deficit,” Kasich wrote to Obama.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, has already sent a letter to Kasich, telling him that the funding cannot be used for anything other than rail.
Feds to Kasich: No rail, no stimulus funds
President Barack Obama’s administration made it official today: If Ohio Gov-elect John Kasich doesn’t want to use $400 million in federal stimulus money allocated for a high-speed passenger rail system, it can’t be used for anything else and the state will lose the money.
Responding to a letter that Kasich sent yesterday to Obama, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sent Kasich a letter today making that position clear.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Cuomo has graciously volunteered to take the money that Ohio and Wisconsin don’t want and use it for one of the many major rail projects in his state.
We’ll take that 1.26 billion in transit funds: Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo
BY Richard Sisk
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, November 6th 2010, 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo made a pitch Friday to snatch $1.26 billion in high-speed rail money from incoming Republican governors who don’t want it.
In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Cuomo said New York would be happy to grab the federal funding that Govs.-elect John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Scott Walker (R-Wis.) campaigned against.
I’ve personally been very excited about the prospect of restoring train service to Columbus and am disappointed that it will have to wait for another time.
I don’t quite understand the opposition from Kasich to the 3C. The project is projected to have a benefit to cost ratio of 3:1 according to ODOT. You’ll be hard-pressed to find many other transportation investments with that return. Furthermore, it’s a great time to invest in infrastructure due to low interest rates.
I guess either Kasich doesn’t trust ODOT’s numbers or doesn’t think that’s a good enough return on investment.
I could probably write about this all night, but I’m not going to waste my time. Sorry to lose you 3C.