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Old 02-17-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Florida's out: Florida Cancels High-Speed Rail Project, Rejects $2 Bln Funding - WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110216-711148.html - broken link)

So now Florida, Wisconsin, & Ohio are all out of the run. The only place in the country that needs HSR is the Northeast, and no where else. Not Florida, not California, not the Pacific Northwest, none of those other places need it.
I think Cali would definitely be a good place for it, it has a huge population and two major anchor cities that are the perfect distance apart for HSR.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Florida's out: Florida Cancels High-Speed Rail Project, Rejects $2 Bln Funding - WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110216-711148.html - broken link)

So now Florida, Wisconsin, & Ohio are all out of the run. The only place in the country that needs HSR is the Northeast, and no where else. Not Florida, not California, not the Pacific Northwest, none of those other places need it.
States hope to cash in on Florida's rejection of…

I would think that either the NEC or CA will be the big winners after Florida's rejection.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:54 PM
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HSR getting rejected. I am at a loss at the moment. My values and my dreams are different from alot of other people's values and dreams. The goals I have seem to be a 180 from the main consensus. I want HSR, alot of people around either don't care or seem to be against it. Not all of them, but just enough to make a difference. I want things to progress, not regress.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Florida's out: Florida Cancels High-Speed Rail Project, Rejects $2 Bln Funding - WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110216-711148.html - broken link)

So now Florida, Wisconsin, & Ohio are all out of the run. The only place in the country that needs HSR is the Northeast, and no where else. Not Florida, not California, not the Pacific Northwest, none of those other places need it.
Well, the Charlotte-Raleigh-Richomond southern extension of the Washington->Boston route has been heavily worked on by NC and VA, gradual improvements over the last decade. So - as a big chunk of work has been done, and ridership has steadily grown (I've taken it - there is commuter traffic between Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh; the last time I took it the train was crowded; another Raleigh-Greensboro-Charlotte scheduled run has been added due to demand), I'd say this would the the most natural (and easiest, given work already complete) candidate.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Murika
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HSR getting rejected. I am at a loss at the moment. My values and my dreams are different from alot of other people's values and dreams. The goals I have seem to be a 180 from the main consensus. I want HSR, alot of people around either don't care or seem to be against it. Not all of them, but just enough to make a difference. I want things to progress, not regress.
You didn't really believe that Florida could be that progressive, did you?

At any rate, I almost purchased a house a while ago in an area of FL that would have directly benefitted from HSR. The prospect of having HSR access was actually a big selling point for me. Still, I had doubts that Florida, of all places, would really go ahead with such a project.

I am exceedingly happy that I did not spent my money there based on the apparently delusional hope that this part of the US could actually try to keep up with developments in the rest of the world or even be a beacon of foresight in the US.

Ah well, I suppose Florida will remain the backwater it has always been.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:28 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I am very much for high speed rail in the US, but I am really happy that Florida rejected high speed rail funding, because it was probably one of the worst rail plans that applied.

High speed rail has to make sense, and the Florida simply did not. Orlando and Tampa were too close together, and high speed rail is of marginal usefulness if you don't have a good transit system to get to and from the high speed rail stations within the cities.

Right now, the northeast corridor should be the priority and after that California (LA does actually have serviceable mass transit and is committed to expanding it and there are various communities within the Central Valley on the way to the Bay Area that are of fairly large size and finally the ends at San Diego and Sacramento which also have mass transit expansion plans and large metros), and then a toss-up between a northwestern line and a midwest transit hub.
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