Just as weekend Rail Runner service to Santa Fe is set to end due to financial woes, it turns out the state needs to shell out an additional $16 million for track and system maintenance.Oh, the Democratic governors and their choo-choo trains! Here's a cool Wisconsin ad from a year ago:
That’s on top of the projected $25 million in yearly maintenance and operational costs – before the weekend service cuts – that have already created a budget crunch for the Belen-to-Santa Fe operation.
The train has about 4,500 weekday boardings going one way and is expected to generate about $3.2 million in fares....
Richardson pushed for a “bullet train” early in his administration and set a deadline of December 2008 for the completion of the entire 99-mile project from Belen to Santa Fe.
However, neither the equipment nor track is designed for high-speed interstate rail travel.
"I will put a stop to this boondoggle the day I take office"... that's how Scott Walker got my vote.