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Old 03-23-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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North Carolina transportation officials on Tuesday announced an agreement that will free up $461 million in federal money to begin modernizing the state’s rail system.

Officials say the new service would cut travel time from Charlotte to Raleigh to less than three hours, even with seven stops along the way. However, the ride will only be 13 minutes faster.


IMO this is a waste of money if only save 13 minutes this isnt high speed. Plus the train will have to slow down for all the stops never maintaining full speed for a lengthy time.
The train will still have to share the track with freight.

Solution reduce the stops to three.
Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:08 AM
 
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IMO this is a waste of money if only save 13 minutes this isnt high speed. ....
Indeed. The federal definition of high speed train travel is just 90 mph. So close to 1/2 billion dollars to get the speeds up to where they were about 100 years ago.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:12 AM
 
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Back to the future.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:18 AM
 
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I'm only in favor of it because this would provide work for me and others in my industry. We need triple digit speeds for me to take the train.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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This is ridiculous. Put the $461 million into our schools.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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"Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg, introduced a bill Tuesday to prevent North Carolina from using the stimulus money.
House Bill 422
, which could be heard by a legislative committee as early as next week, would penalize DOT for funding any high-speed rail projects without legislative approval."
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill
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Charlotte to Raleigh in 3 hours? I could drive there faster then that.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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I'm just blown away that in the midst of our financial situation large groups of our legislators still think this expenditure makes sense. I know I should be used to it but I guess I was hopeful that eventually people would use some common sense and stop spending money we don't have on things we don't need. Yes, it will provide some jobs, but its still a huge amount of money spent with little long term benefit.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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The high speed rail thing doesn't effect me until they extend from Charlotte to Atlanta, but I can see where huge sums of money are necessary. There were 2 accidents involving the Amtrak Crescent west of Charlotte this year, so far. Fortunately, no one was hurt in either & they were in the middle of the night.

Designating certain trains as "express" with only the 3 stops would help.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I don't see a use, for me and maybe alot of other people, for this line unless it then extends to DC. I could take the train to Raleigh but then what? I don't have friends there so I would need to either rent a car or pay to take a Taxi everywhere. The savings in gas for my car will not be cheaper than the cost of the train ticket, taxi rides, or car rental cost.
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