2-Day Long Train Ride from Los Angeles to New Orleans Supported at Taxpayer Expense
September 18, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign this week highlights Senator Frank Lautenberg's support for an incredibly expensive passenger train route from Los Angeles to New Orleans that takes two days to complete-on the infrequent occasions when it's on time..
Zimmer released the following statement:
"It is outrageous that the federal government is using taxpayer dollars to subsidize a two-day trip on a train that frequently arrives days behind schedule, costs riders $695 and costs taxpayers an additional $923.86 per rider in subsidies. The government would be better advised to buy each passenger an airplane ticket for a direct flight for less than $300.
"It makes no sense to waste federal funds on such boondoggles, particularly at a time when New Jerseyans are facing an energy crisis, an affordability crisis and a financial crisis.
"For 24 years year, Senator Lautenberg has squandered New Jersey taxpayer dollars on wasteful spending projects. New Jersey wants change. As your Senator, I will make the interests of New Jersey taxpayers my top priority."
Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign is designed to highlight Senator Frank Lautenberg's record of supporting wasteful spending and pork-barrel politics at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers. Previous Wastes of the Week were the $300 billion Farm Bill, the $389 million Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, a $225,000 pamphlet on beaver damage, various Monuments to Me spending projects, the Teapot Museum in North Carolina and the Joplin, Missouri interchange.