Be Realistic About Railroads in W.Va.

State officials are preparing a 20-year plan for rail transportation in West Virginia.

A hearing seeking public input on the matter will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St., Wheeling.

Clearly, with some exceptions including use of railroads for tourism, the state’s plan should be based on how best to use trains for economic development. That may mean renovation of some existing lines and/or construction of new ones.

State officials should continue to resist unrealistic federal plans such as construction of high-speed rail lines, however. Railroads should be used to benefit West Virginians, not for social engineering.