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Old 01-09-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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The west coast is building legit high speed rail capable of actual high speeds. Sure, the NE has the Acela high speed rail line but it's not really high speed compared to other countries or what the west coast is building. The trains will travel over 200+ mph on the west coast high speed rail. It is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Japan is offering to loan the U.S. 4 billion dollars to help pay for part of the maglev line between D.C. and Baltimore. The plan is to eventually build it all the way to Boston. It would travel at a speed of over +310 mph and cut the trip from Baltimore to D.C. down to 15 minutes. The Japanese want to have the D.C. to Baltimore segment built before the next decade which would be by 2024.

Which coast would you say has the best plan for the future? Should the U.S. invest in maglev technology or continue with high speed rail? Thoughts?

D.C. to Boston
Japan offers to lend US half the cost of 'Super Maglev' train between Washington and Baltimore - Telegraph


L.A. to San Fran
10News - Legal setbacks slow $68 billion California high-speed rail project - 10News.com - News
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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How does it currently take 1 hour to get from Baltimore to DC for a 30 Mile trip? A 15 Minute trip from DC to Baltimore in 2024 really does not sound impressive. Last I heard they were talking about making a 30 Minute trip from Center City to Manhattan.

I mean it currently takes only 1 Hour to get from Philadelphia to NYC or Baltimore/DC on the Acela.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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How does it currently take 1 hour to get from Baltimore to DC for a 30 Mile trip? A 15 Minute trip from DC to Baltimore in 2024 really does not sound impressive. Last I heard they were talking about making a 30 Minute trip from Center City to Manhattan.

I mean it currently takes only 1 Hour to get from Philadelphia to NYC or Baltimore/DC on the Acela.

Because Marc commuter rail travels too slow and has too many stops!

The trip to NYC from D.C. would be 1 hour on the Maglev train. The trip from Center City to Manhattan would be really fast with Maglev too. If the Maglev is built, it will end air traffic in the Bos-Wash corridor completely. Who would take a plane anywhere in the N.E. if you could get to Boston from D.C. that fast?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Because Marc commuter rail travels too slow and has too many stops!

The trip to NYC from D.C. would be 1 hour on the Maglev train. The trip from Center City to Manhattan would be really fast with Maglev too.
Ok, that makes sense-I thought they were talking about Amtrak for some reason. I think it's a no-brainer, especially if a foreign country wants to give us $4 Billion for it.

I think HSR makes sense on both the East and West Coast.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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This is more practical in the Northeast.I dont find this to be the most prudent way to spend transportation dollars out west.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Ok, that makes sense-I thought they were talking about Amtrak for some reason. I think it's a no-brainer, especially if a foreign country wants to give us $4 Billion for it.

I think HSR makes sense on both the East and West Coast.

I don't agree about HSR. I think maglev would work better on the east and west coast. I wonder if it's too late to build maglev between L.A. and San Fran?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: LBC
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This is more practical in the Northeast.I dont find this to be the most prudent way to spend transportation dollars out west.
Then what is the cost of not building HSR in CA, IOW, expanding highways and increasing airport capacity?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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This is more practical in the Northeast.I dont find this to be the most prudent way to spend transportation dollars out west.

I guess we would need to figure out if maglev could be built between L.A. and San Fran and what it would cost. I don't think it's too late to switch. Why are things so expensive here to build anyway? SMH........
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: LBC
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I guess we would need to figure out if maglev could be built between L.A. and San Fran and what it would cost. I don't think it's too late to switch. Why are things so expensive here to build anyway? SMH........

The 100 billion dollar question. Part of it is tactical opposition: delay and litigate about professed concern of cost which... drives up cost.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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The first leg of the California train is taking it through Bakersfield.
A more logical approach would be to connect it to the three large coastal population centers (San Diego, LA and San Francisco with limited stops every 50 -100 miles.

The second leg should be a Las Vegas Spur.
The deal with Fresno, Sacramento and Bakersfield
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