From Planetizen comes word that 88 percent of Americans want high-speed rail. Sounds like good news to me. But the numbers may be a bit suspect as they come from a survey conducted by HNTB Corporation. HNTB, based in Kansas City, would be just the outfit to design, build, and maintain such infrastructure.
Now, just because HNTB is an interested party doesn’t mean that its figures are bad. I can believe that a healthy majority of Americans would like high-speed rail. We could, however, be expected to disagree over such things as how to pay for it and where it might go.
For example, just a few days ago the Springfield City Council voted for a resolution to include Springfield in any Missouri plan. As you can see from the following map, Springfield doesn’t make the cut in the Obama plan.
The local resolution isn’t about how to pay for it. It’s about wanting it.
I’ll bet 88 percent of us can agree to want it.