High-speed rail again is in the news, this time with Lima‚??s hopes hinging on Indiana. Last we heard from the city administration, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan was holding up Lima‚??s hopes.
We understand what Mayor David Berger is doing. He wastes no opportunity when it comes to potentially landing something for Lima. He tries to get everyone on board and working toward the same goal, helping Lima.
But, at least in this case, it feels like a boy crying, ‚??Wolf!‚?Ě
Maybe high-speed, passenger rail will go through Fort Wayne, Ind., and maybe that will mean a line through Lima to Columbus and Pittsburgh. Maybe. And maybe a nation that continues to drive more, clinging to its independence in the automobile, will flock to these high-speed rails. Maybe.
Right now, Lima‚??s hopes rest on Indiana. The state next door submitted a $2.8 billion application for federal stimulus funds for high-speed rail. Indiana recommends a route from Chicago to Toledo going through Fort Wayne. That would keep alive Lima‚??s hopes of a Fort Wayne-Columbus route. The Indiana recommendation needs approval from a formal study.
You hope it happens. If the federal government is going to spend this money, you hope that some of it comes here.
But the last time this came up, Berger listed Jordan, R-Urbana, as the holdup. Jordan, who opposes federal spending for high-speed rail, wouldn‚??t support environmental studies of a route through the 4th Congressional District. Berger wanted people to pressure Jordan so he would change his mind. Jordan didn‚??t budge.
Now, no matter what Jordan does or doesn‚??t do, Lima‚??s hopes rest with what happens in Indiana.
Like we said, we understand Berger is trying to bring high-speed rail to Lima. But others have different views. The mayor shouldn‚??t vilify them for their beliefs, particularly when the mayor himself only months later might be naming a new hang-up for Lima‚??s high-speed hopes.