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Old 01-13-2011, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Should the United States ever implement a coast to coast HSR, what should be the two terminus cities and what cities should it connect to in between?
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:14 AM
 
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The private market should decide all that
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:26 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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That will never happen , way to expensive....and wouldn't get alot of traffic. HSR is only good for distances less then 600 miles or Dense Corridors......A line with speeds of 130mph is doable.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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That will never happen , way to expensive....and wouldn't get alot of traffic. HSR is only good for distances less then 600 miles or Dense Corridors......A line with speeds of 130mph is doable.
You know what you're right, it does seem far fetched but I do feel that the norhteast is the best stretch for a HSR line, even more than CA.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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absolutely. of course, Americans love their cars almost as much as their guns, and high speed rail reeks of 'socialism' to most
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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absolutely. of course, Americans love their cars almost as much as their guns, and high speed rail reeks of 'socialism' to most
What's ironic about that is highway funding is one of the most socialist programs in the country yet this important fact is conveniently ignored by the so-called "free-market" right.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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IMO, high-speed rail should probably be designed as several regional networks (NE, Midwest w/ Chicago hub, Texas and California, and maybe Florida). I cannot see HSR competing well with the airlines for coast-to-coast travel.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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What's ironic about that is highway funding is one of the most socialist programs in the country yet this important fact is conveniently ignored by the so-called "free-market" right.
The trucking companies are the real beneficiaries of this, while freight rail is stuck paying its own bills, despite being far more fuel-efficient than anything besides ocean going vessels (the use of which for domestic transport is also hampered by the government through the Jones Act). Awesome govenrment policy: subsidize the most damaging mode of transport (trucks), do nothing with the middle-of-the-road mode of transport (freight rail), and muddle the least harmful mode of transport with red tape (sea shipping). Then they lecture about how climate change is of utmost importance while doing absolutely nothing to reform this ridiculous system--can't upset those unions (dems) and corporate interests (reps)!
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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That will never happen , way to expensive....and wouldn't get alot of traffic. HSR is only good for distances less then 600 miles or Dense Corridors......A line with speeds of 130mph is doable.

IF we had high speed rail like China and Japan... I'm sure there are quite a few people who would use that over airlines... I know I would. Unless I needed to be some place on the coast within hours, i'd rather go by rail.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I used to be excited for this stuff, but now I seriously don't even care if they build this or not. I am just so sick and tired of them trying to put this on their immediate agenda but getting no where with it. I just hate how the government is so retarded with what they say and do.
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