A bullet train in Calgary?

I just came across a rather ... well, odd article on CBC.ca. It’s a blueprint for 2018. Apparently, the Calgary City council thinks that there should be a bullet train from here to Fort McMurray.

Someone’s been sniffing oil fumes too much, methinks.

Yes, this is me, the Train Stalker, saying that a high-speed train in Alberta is insane. Completely. Why, you ask?

Politically, it strikes me as odd that anyone would stand up behind this as a good idea, since it’ll likely be a government that owns it, and it would probably become a white elephant. Very cool, and I’d ride it just for the sake of riding it — but governments have been voted out of office for stuff like this.

All of that said, it’s totally the green option. Run the train often enough, and you have less cars (less automobile pollution) and less planes (less aviation pollution). It’s also a nicer way to travel long distances. And Canada’s full of that distance thing.

Mind you, the bullet train wasn’t the only “odd” thing in that report:

I offer one thought to the people who came up with this: Let’s blueprint something for success, please? Around my office, we ask people to set SMART goals. It’s an acronym, with the “R” standing for “realistic”. Which these blueprints really seem to be missing.

If you want success, you needn’t look further than our own front door. We have three overloaded hospitals, our transit system is not keeping pace with the need, ambulances are running short on availability regularly, and if you haven’t thought about our water supply availability, you might want to consider that soon, too.

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