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Old 12-04-2016, 09:04 PM
Location: Midwest
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Anyone else wanting to see a high-speed rail system built in the U.S.? There could be lines that would go from LA to Atlanta, LA to Seattle, San Francisco to Norfolk, Portland to Chicago, etc.

I think this would be awesome. If China can have a high speed rail network, we should too! We the people should demand this from the government. Thoughts?
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:18 PM
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Yes, absolutely. But high-speed rail is generally considered more advantageous at shorter distances. I've heard 100-500 miles might be the sweet spot where it would be the fastest mode. The high end has gotten higher due to airport security of course. So most discussion tends to be about connecting regional groupings.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:04 PM
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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Northeast would be perfect for this. Boston-NYC-Philly-Baltimore-DC
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:28 AM
Location: New Mexico
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I would be happy with more rail service on dedicated tracks with superior maintenance and service. We need a north-south rail route from El Paso north through Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver and maybe Cheyenne. Linking to Amtrak's northern-most east-west route would be nice but maybe not feasible. The portion through the mountains (Albuquerque to Trinidad) is already in place with the Southwest Chief route. Going south to El Paso should be an easy run through the Rio Grande valley. Going north out of Trinidad would be reasonably easy as well through Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver.

It would be nice to have high speed rail out west but it will probably only be introduced in the coastal corridor routes. Just having dedicated routes with proper maintenance would be an improvement.
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