...or when the people proposing it aren't a collection of long-in-tooth vulture capital lifers who made their bones (including the mostly-septuagenarian train guys on the Board) dismembering assets to broker them off. You are what you eat, as the whole saying goes. And it's not a coincidence that so many of the fly-by-night groups that come proposing NEC privatization seem to be stacked with folks exactly like this, whether they're biz coalitions or thinktank coalitions from 'tanks staffed with LBO bootlickers. Why does the answer to a *profitable* public franchise always have to be strip-mining the assets?But, I mean, that only seems imaginable in some sort of retro-futurist world where passenger rail enjoys a renaissance and resurgence.
I kind of gloss over the service proposals...even the ones studied out by other parties like the LIRR-Hudson connection that are genuinely interesting in-concept. Because that's just the skin-deep gloss. They are what they are, and are the companies they eat for a living. Wake me when one of these privatization schemes pops up that ISN'T the handiwork of such transparently usual suspects.