The Reason Foundation

The Rumor
“If this is a private project, driven by markets, why is the Reason Foundation opposing it?”
The Reality

The Reason Foundation has written thoughtful and informative articles on the high-speed train issue. As a matter of fact, the Reason Foundation’s co-founder has applauded Texas Central’s approach. Saying the following…

…opponents mistakenly claim that taxpayers will be stuck subsidizing the rail line, but this project actually provides a welcome opportunity for the private sector to deliver a fast, affordable transportation option with little or no risk to taxpayers.

Robert Poole, Director of Transportation at The Reason Foundation

The recently published Reason Foundation report by Baruch Feigenbaum is deeply flawed and rife with uninformed biases about how Texans travel. The report offers no original research on the Texas market, and instead relies largely on an outdated state government report that explicitly warns against using it to analyze any single corridor.

The report’s author did not respond to our offer to review the very “verifiable, objective data” that his review claims we have not yet provided. That our many calls, emails and voicemails on this matter were left unacknowledged and unreturned signals a willful disinterest by the author to produce a truly comprehensive analysis.

We disagree with the paper’s findings, its assumptions and regret its inexplicable departure from the Reason Foundation’s usual adherence to respectable, defensible academic standards.

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