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Old 03-14-2018, 01:57 PM
 
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If all goes well construction begins next year in texas. Should be americas first real high speed rail and hopefully the beginning of more real high speed rail. Anyone who has been on the trains in japan knows how amazing it is to ride on a shinkansen train



https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/12/cali...n-trouble.html

 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:02 PM
 
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Only someone who has never seen the Coastline and Coastal ranges of CA. could write such stories or posts.

FYI, even during the first Federal Projects like the transcontinental RR, they paid out 3X (300%) of the cost when laying track in mountains as opposed to on relatively flat land. 3X.

Have the laws of physics changed?

"Texas is the uninsured capital of the United States. More than 4.3 million Texans - including 623,000 children - lack health insurance. Texas' uninsurance rates, 1.75 times the national average, create significant problems in the financing and delivery of health care to all Texans."

California provides healthcare to most citizens (7.4% uninsured). As they say - it costs more to do thing right. Texas may have a short line RR eventually, but millions will be suffering needlessly. Is that the mark of civilization?

Note- Texas had as many as 25% uninsured, but Obamacare dropped that to "only" double what CA. has (about 15%). Thanks Obama!
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:02 PM
 
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I wish them luck. I would love to see this built.


They're likely going to run into the exact same issues that have beleaguered the CA HSR project, however. Land acquisition costs, litigation, NIMBYs...
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:11 PM
 
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Regions of the State of California are not suitable for a one size fits all railway line as is proposed in the "high speed rail " plan. With the exception of the Central Valley the manipulation of the terrain to accomadate such a monolithic endeavor ....is unrealistic and folly to attempt.

For example, local mountains that would need to be "altered" are not gonna be so by old fashion dynamite as in the railroad days of the old west. "Tools" required to carve out a path would need to be engineered from scratch, tested, etc.....common sense.....years and years and billions of dollars wasted.

Governor needs serious auditing for defrauding Californians on this AND gas tax scandal.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:13 PM
 
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It should be noted that Houston managed to build its first light rail system without any federal funding.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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It should be noted that Houston managed to build its first light rail system without any federal funding.
City. Not State. Do able.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:20 PM
 
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I wish them luck. I would love to see this built.


They're likely going to run into the exact same issues that have beleaguered the CA HSR project, however. Land acquisition costs, litigation, NIMBYs...
Nimbys seems to have been the real issue. It looks like time is running out for them to stop it though, construction begins next year. Texas is perfect for high speed rail, something like the maglev proposal for the northeast wouldnt work because its too congested and expensive. Texas is the perfect location for high speed rail, wide open spaces and less stops to slow it down, flat and alot of land, and main stops in places like downtown dallas.

Now all we need is dallas and houston to be true futuristic cities like tokyo , geishas, maid bars, hostess bars,robot hotels, high tech toilets, robots serving sushi ,lol
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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City. Not State. Do able.
Not sure what point you are trying to make.

Houston built that light rail without federal funding. They may be the only city in the USA to have done so since the 1960s.
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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Nimbys seems to have been the real issue. It looks like time is running out for them to stop it though, construction begins next year. Texas is perfect for high speed rail, something like the maglev proposal for the northeast wouldnt work because its too congested and expensive. Texas is the perfect location for high speed rail, wide open spaces and less stops to slow it down, flat and alot of land, and main stops in places like downtown dallas.

Now all we need is dallas and houston to be true futuristic cities like tokyo , geishas, maid bars, hostess bars,robot hotels, high tech toilets, robots serving sushi ,lol
They are set up pretty well for this kind of system (flat land, major cities close enough to one another) - I really wish them luck. And I hope they don't run into litigation hell that we have here in CA.
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