January 16, 2007

How much does UP pay in taxes?

UP wants taxpayers to pay for new tracks. From the SAEN...

UP spokesman Mark Davis said that while “one accident, one injury or one death” is one too many, “relocating tracks is of greater benefit to the public” than it is to the railroad, “so the public should bear most of the costs involved.”

Puente noted that “the bottom line is that (UP) is willing to relocate tracks, but someone is going to have to pay for it, and that someone is most likely going to be the taxpayers.”

The dangers posed by trains, which sometimes carry toxic or dangerous chemicals, is a complex issue that has no cheap or quick fix, officials involved in the process note.

(hat tip to Dig Deeper Texas)

You know, since I drive a lot on freeways I pay to keep up every time I stop for gas, I really don't have a problem with paying to relocate tracks... as long as UP is paying taxes. How about a special toll? If it's good enough for truckers and commuters, it's good enough for Union Pacific.

One thing, though... these trains normally run to a facility in a city. If the tracks are shifted out of the city, how are goods going to get into the city? Trucks, obvs. So who is going to pay to expand those feeders roads?

It better be UP...

Posted by mcblogger at January 16, 2007 12:58 PM

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Wasn't fleecing the taxpayers to move the tracks one of those other bullshit amendments that got passed when we made it double plus sure that gays couldn't get married?

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2007 02:55 PM

In two parts... the first was part of the toll road thing, I think. The second was the gay marriage thingamajig.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2007 06:21 PM

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