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Old 12-03-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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^ Actually Amtrak includes Richmond, Williamsburg & Newport News in their Northeast Corridor Train Schedule now

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That's becuase a handful of Northeast Regionals continue to Virginia, the vast majority of them terminate in DC though. It's still not part of the route defined as the electrified, high-speed "Northeast Corridor" from Boston to DC.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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That's becuase a handful of Northeast Regionals continue to Virginia, the vast majority of them terminate in DC though. It's still not part of the route defined as the electrified, high-speed "Northeast Corridor" from Boston to DC.
But as I said that may change in the future.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: The land of Chicago
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Boston's northernmost suburb to Washington's southermost
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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But as I said that may change in the future.
The proposed "high-speed" rail in Virginia is the Southeast Corridor, and it wouldn't be true high-speed just an upgrade of tracks to allow trains to travel 90-110mph powered by diesels.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Boston
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^ Actually Amtrak includes Richmond, Williamsburg & Newport News in their Northeast Corridor Train Schedule now

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But does Acela go there? If you ask me, that's the definition of BosWash -- the conglomerated urban area served by high speed rail. BosWash is the only place in the country with an extensive enough density to generate a high speed rail demand. If Portland and Richmond were part of it, then HSR would extend to those points.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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But does Acela go there? If you ask me, that's the definition of BosWash -- the conglomerated urban area served by high speed rail. BosWash is the only place in the country with an extensive enough density to generate a high speed rail demand. If Portland and Richmond were part of it, then HSR would extend to those points.
You never know, who's to say Acela won't go to Portland & Richmond in the near future. There may have not been a high enough demand for it (they're smaller cities).
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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I took Acela once for work. It was a great experience compared to the concentration camp like environment of post 9/11 air travel. I clocked a high speed with my iphone of around 140MPH, which I thought was pretty cool. Unfortunately, it's a shame that Acela is our highest speed train considering the size and advanced nature of our country. If only we could invest in the infrastructure to get 200-300mph MagLev trains like parts of Europe and Japan have.. That would be awesome. If that were a reality, then perhaps people could live in Richmond and work in Philly... and home prices would regulate somewhat as distance may not mean as much.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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BosWash goes from the northern suburbs of Boston to the southern suburbs of DC.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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I took Acela once for work. It was a great experience compared to the concentration camp like environment of post 9/11 air travel. I clocked a high speed with my iphone of around 140MPH, which I thought was pretty cool. Unfortunately, it's a shame that Acela is our highest speed train considering the size and advanced nature of our country. If only we could invest in the infrastructure to get 200-300mph MagLev trains like parts of Europe and Japan have.. That would be awesome. If that were a reality, then perhaps people could live in Richmond and work in Philly... and home prices would regulate somewhat as distance may not mean as much.
The only current Maglev in commercial operation in the world is in Shanghai, where there's a short service to the airport. There's none in Europe or Japan. The closest a Maglev service has come to reality in this country is the proposed (and nowfor gotten) Baltimore-Washington Maglev: The Baltimore-Washington Maglev Project

Right now the main focus is building and upgrading conventional rail. The next (true) high speed route in this country is likely to be in California, where funds has already been allocated. Florida is also a strong candidate. There are also proposals to upgrade the Midwest routes that feed into Chicago, and to create a "Southeast Corridor" from Richmond to Jacksonville.

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You never know, who's to say Acela won't go to Portland & Richmond in the near future. There may have not been a high enough demand for it (they're smaller cities).
It won't. Trust me. Unless you consider the near future 100-200 years from now.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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Looks Like Hampton Roads and Richmond are not far off from the NE Megalopolis

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