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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%
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Which high speed rail do you think will happen first?
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I think LA-SF. The Acela service isn't wonderful, but it does exist and it's enough reason for authorities to spread the wealth.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I think LA-SF. The Acela service isn't wonderful, but it does exist and it's enough reason for authorities to spread the wealth.
Yes however people drive on the auto bahn faster than it goes in between Philly and New York. Compared to Japan it's a steam engine, hardly a 21st century high speed rail.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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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.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Yes however people drive on the auto bahn faster than it goes in between Philly and New York. Compared to Japan it's a steam engine, hardly a 21st century high speed rail.
Right. But like I said, through the eyes of the people funding HSR projects and those fighting to be the recipients of the funding, NYC-Philly has HSR already. That's the argument they'll make and they'll win. The Northeast Corridor won't get a new or even significantly improved HSR line before another part of the country does.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Which high speed rail do you think will happen first?
What's your definition of high speed rail? The US gov's official definition?
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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What's your definition of high speed rail? The US gov's official definition?
Would be nice if we could get in the top ten which in this article means 190mph +.
The 10 Fastest Trains In The World - Business Insider
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I think New York-Philadelphia will come first. Yeah, they already have Acela. But there is also a very well-established and very heavy amount of train ridership between those two cities. How many daily trains operate between the two? Several dozen? And how many run between Los Angeles and San Francisco? One?

NY-Philly is the low-hanging fruit of the railroad business in this country. They'll get the biggest bang for the buck there.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:12 PM
 
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Well California will have the firsr high speed rail system in the country, It'll go from Diego, L.A,Frisco & even to Vegas .
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:10 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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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.
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