Here's one to think about.
Various postings at other passenger rail forums suggest that the Requests to Appropriations ($8B) ratio is in the range of a 12 to 1. Obviously, someone is going to walk away empty handed, but there is one certainty: the "wired in" consultants will be fed.
By the time any of these projects to be funded under this ARRA '09 provision move forth, the economy will be in recovery mode.
Had the legislation called for "$8B for the NEC", that would be one thing; but it didn't and in fact specifically called for the allocations to be AWAY from the NEC.
Time to get rid of this before passenger railroad transportation simply is lumped in with "Bridge to Nowhere".