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High-Speed Rail: The Wrong Road for America

Original post made by Sharon on Apr 16, 2009

1) Genuine high-speed rail — 150-to-200 miles-per-hour, as found in Japan and parts of Europe — requires separate rights of way: broad curves, very shallow grades, and no 60-mile-per-hour freight sharing the track. It is VERY expensive to engineer and maintain.

2) If you cut corners, as Obama implied, by using existing infrastructure, you come out with a system that will do 90-mph max, and will gum up existing freight traffic, which is much slower.

"Since Japan introduced high-speed bullet trains, passenger rail has lost more than half its market share to the automobile.
Since Italy, France, and other European countries opened their high-speed rail lines, rail's market share in Europe has dwindled from 8.2 to 5.8 percent of travel.
If high-speed rail doesn't work in Japan and Europe, how can it work in the United States?

As megaprojects—the California high-speed rail is projected to cost $33 to $37 billion—high-speed rail plans pose serious risks for taxpayers.


Costs of recent rail projects in Denver and Seattle are running 60 to 100 percent above projections.
Once construction begins, politicians will feel obligated to throw good taxpayers' money after bad.

Once projects are completed , most plans call for them to be turned over to private companies that will keep any operational profits,while taxpayers will remain vulnerable if the trains lose money.Web Link

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:36 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

That is the problem with hype - like BARTs Space Age focus, it promises too much, claiming revolutionary rather than evolutionary results. grade crossings need to be eliminated, electrification accomplished and freight service integrated with passengers in speed and reliability. A reliable 150 mph is achievable now, with evolutionary increases down the line.


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