Are those guys out of their fucking mind? I am a huge fan of infrastructure projects as a way to stimulate the economy/employment. But in our current situation where the BASIC functions of society - police/fire forces, teachers, and schools are getting cut by as much as 50% all over the country, how do you justify spending 53BILLION on a stupid train system, imagine how many schools/teachers you can hire with that kind of money. Although our train system sucks it's still functional, there are far better places to put that 53B. It made sense for china to build their modern high speed trains because their previous train system was order of magnitude worse to nonexistent, not to mention over there 1.3 billion people travel by train each year where as in the US it's mostly by cars and air. At least invest it in the nation's crumbling powergrid/utilities instead, to handle the load of electric cars that are surely coming in the next decade. What a fucking joke.