Last week Bush finally signed the Amtrak funding and rail safety bill after the tragic September 12, 2008 collision that killed 25 people in Los Angeles. Bush had opposed the bill because it gave funding to Amtrak. But this time around he signed the bill without question. This provides Federal funding for many projects including high speed rail in the Midwest. If we finally get our butts in gear we can get this project done. Our politicians have been talking about it, arguing and dragging their feet for years and haven’t done a thing. High speed rail from Chicago to Milwaukee to Madison and onto Minneapolis would give people the option they deserve. The last time I tried to catch the train from Milwaukee to Chicago I couldn’t even get a ticket. I had to drive down through all the construction and it was horrible. I was scared to death half the time and I got lost on the way back. When I can get a ticket on the train it’s wonderful. I sit back and read and study and it worked done. When I get off I feel refreshed. We need a safer alternative to driving our cars everywhere. This not only saves fuel but also wear and tear on our vehicles.
We need to get on our politicians and ride them until they get this thing done.