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View Poll Results: Which high speed rail do you think will happen first?
Philadelphia <-> New York 18 32.14%
Los Angeles <-> San Francisco 24 42.86%
Other 14 25.00%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:15 PM
 
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Well they are already building a segment of the California HSR network, it's just in a podunk part of the state in the Central Valley and doesn't really connect anything significant.
Podunk, but on the chosen route, flat and capable of relatively little NIMBY resistance.
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Is there any momentum to upgrade the Acela to HSR?
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Is there any momentum to upgrade the Acela to HSR?
Considering the house is going to fight to cut Amtrak funding for the next few years. No.

The Northeast needs to stop subsidizing the rest of the country in terms of rail travel. Amtrak actually turns a profit in the NE corridor.
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Considering the house is going to fight to cut Amtrak funding for the next few years. No.

The Northeast needs to stop subsidizing the rest of the country in terms of rail travel. Amtrak actually turns a profit in the NE corridor.
Yeah. Perhaps the NEC can form a regional authority and go it alone?
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Chicago to Detroit. The bulk of the line is already operational. Michigan started buying up tracks and upgrading them in the late '90s. The only reason that it is not fully operational now is because Indiana refused federal dollars for the purchase and upgrading of the tracks that go through their state. They are now using their own tax dollars and are getting tracks ready and they should be finished in a year or two.

Took a train from Kalamazoo to Chicago a few months ago. 137 miles journey, but half of the time that trip took was during the mere 42 miles through Indiana.
With the new Bridge being built from Ontario to Detroit by Canada. They could do a line to Toronto?
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Is there any momentum to upgrade the Acela to HSR?
“In the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak will be replacing the Acela Express with new high-speed trains that can reach speeds of 220 mph, and will cut rail travel time from Washington to New York from three hours to 90 minutes,” said Stock. “It’s an exciting, innovative time for high-speed rail in this country, and we’re doing all we can to make sure Virginia will be a part of it.” - Emily Stock, manager of rail planning at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.via RVANews

(Not that I'd repute this source, but I think there's a greater push for HSR on the existing NEC than just about anywhere else. Last year, Amtrak put out a request for bids for the purchase of 28 new high-speed trains.)
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:43 PM
 
Location: LBC
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In the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak will be replacing the Acela Express with new high-speed trains that can reach speeds of 220 mph, and will cut rail travel time from Washington to New York from three hours to 90 minutes, said Stock. Its an exciting, innovative time for high-speed rail in this country, and were doing all we can to make sure Virginia will be a part of it. - Emily Stock, manager of rail planning at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.via RVANews

(Not that I'd repute this source, but I think there's a greater push for HSR on the existing NEC than just about anywhere else. Last year, Amtrak put out a request for bids for the purchase of 28 new high-speed trains.)
This needs to get done.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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Considering the house is going to fight to cut Amtrak funding for the next few years. No.

The Northeast needs to stop subsidizing the rest of the country in terms of rail travel. Amtrak actually turns a profit in the NE corridor.
The Northeast is not the only profitable route. There are several routes out Chicago that turns profits.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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With the new Bridge being built from Ontario to Detroit by Canada. They could do a line to Toronto?
I do not know of any plans of using that new bridge to carry rail, but I have heard of long term plans to connect the Chicago to Detroit line to Toronto.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:04 PM
 
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I don't see a point in high speed rail between NYC and Philly. The distance is so short and NJ is so dense in much (if not all) of that particular corridor that I don't see how it would be safe/allowed.

A connection between SF and LA makes so much more sense to me.
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