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and likely federal subsidies to railroad companies that provide them with a more efficient physical plant with lower cost per ton/mile.  Use some of the right-of-way to install an upgraded electrical grid while we are at it.  Given all of the money we have hosed at air transport and highway transport it would balance the "subsidy field."  Dare we hope that high speed rail transport be rolled into the mix?  Eventually even long distance transport of electric cars could be offered.  Is this making too much sense?  If it could be paid for with a 1% tax on all goods transported, or some fraction of a cent per 100 miles, it could be made self supporting.  At the rate prices are going up, who would notice a 1% increase?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 30th, 2008 at 07:35:13 PM EST
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