A REALISTIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM MUST INCLUDE THE CLASS 1s–OR BE LEFT AT THE DEPOT

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By M.E. Singer

As they say in Washington, “the chickens are coming home to roost.”  The Administration has not issued any reasonable plan to conceptualize, let alone, how to pay for our much ignored, under-funded infrastructure; as Congress fights for its legitimacy to get anything done. It becomes abundantly clear the meaning of these revised messages; without any real hope for enhancing passenger rail services. Now, the public is beseeched to understand the obvious “walk-back” of how infrastructure was this integral component of the recent national campaign. Instead of deploying the initial vision of a multi-trillion dollar investment by private financiers, the Administration now claims how little potential there is for true P3. Indeed, as well, how the cities and states will have to “pony-up” real dollars to make infrastructure re-building actually happen.  From Congress, we hear the vagueness of their intentions amidst any plan that identifies priorities.

However, we…

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Year in Review: Transit tech, projects that caught OBJ readers’ attention in 2017

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A necessary component for any major city is transportation, and for Orlando — which attracts 68 million annual visitors — it’s especially important.

The theme park capital of the world already boasts of a world-class airport, award-winning restaurants and company headquarters — which is why road projects and more transit options are important in allowing an easier commute for both residents and visitors.

Those major transit projects include the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project, which includes revamping 21 miles of Interstate; the $1.3 billion SunRail commuter rail that’s expanding; and the $3.5 billion Orlando-to-Miami Brightline train that will connect at Orlando International Airport.

It’s probably no surprise that these projects and others are among the seven most-read transportation stories we shared in 2017. Here’s a breakdown of the top seven:

Brightline starts site work for $2B Orlando connection: The nearly $2 billion second phase of the project — which is expected to create 6,600 metro Orlando jobs and offer a boost to our local tourism market — includes an extension of the rail system from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport’s $682 million Intermodal Terminal Facility.

Our Best Blogs of 2017

#1 HOW DID ONE GET TO THE PENTAGON IN 1944?
https://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/how-did-one-get-to-the-pentagon-in-1944/

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#2 THE TOBIN PACKING COMPANY OF ALBANY (MAKERS OF FIRST PRIZE HOT DOGS)

https://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/the-tobin-packing-company-of-albany-makers-of-first-prize-hot-dogs/

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#3 TROY UNION RAILROAD

https://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/troy-union-railroad/

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#4 WHO OWNS GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL IN NY CITY?

https://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/who-owns-grand-central-terminal-in-ny-city/

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#5 THE FABLED RUTLAND MILK

https://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/the-fabled-rutland-milk/

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