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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

John Mica on Northeast Corridor high speed rail/transit legislation that works for taxpayers and commuters -open up NEC to competition

Fox Business News Channel -
House Transportation chairman John Mica Discusses High-Speed Rail. June 7, 2011.

U.S. House Transportation Comm. chairman John Mica discusses efforts at reforming American transit/transportation policy, high speed rail legislation in the Northeast corridor, i.e the
Mica-Shuster Intercity Rail bill and the importance of having a meaningful public-private partnership (P3) rather than continue to rely on the failed current template, wherein AmTrak makes ALL the decisions.
June 15, 2011 http://youtu.be/k3oDTsp2Bv8

The best story I've seen on this effort to take AmTrak out of the driver's seat, which I agree with, is this one from the National Journal's Transportation Experts blog:

National Journal
Amtrak: Is It Really the Same Old Debate?
By Fawn Johnson
June 20, 2011

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., last week came up with a pretty cool way to unveil an idea that he has been tossing around for some time. His policy proposal, which comes as no surprise, is to separate Amtrak from the Northeast Corridor and open the heavily trafficked route up to private competition.
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An advertisement for the X2000 train used by SJ AB -Swedish Railways

The jazz music played here in the advert made me think of the pseudo-sophisticated feel we were supposed to get from the Harrison Ford-Kristin Scott Thomas relationship in the 1999 film Random Hearts.
I love Kristin Scott Thomas, but... the constant over-the-top jazz just got me irritated instead of engaged in the narrative!

See also:

Fast Tracks USA YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/USHSR

Fast Tracks USA homepage: www.ushsr.com

Reconnecting America homepage: http://reconnectingamerica.org/

English language homepage for SJ AB -Swedish Railway:

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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@ETARURestaurant, Señor Café

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North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
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In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.