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Old 04-07-2013, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Greetings Ohio! I've posted this thread in the forums of several other Midwestern states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. What would Ohioans think of bullet trains running out of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus to places like Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, as well as potentially other places? Speak and let your thoughts be heard!
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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I would love it!
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:45 AM
 
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Sure, I'd love it. I just hope you don't expect our broke government to pay for it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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We desperately need it to remain competitive as a state. Young professionals, including myself, need high-speed rail. I can't waste hours driving when I could be working on a laptop on a train.

Also, there is a need for a viable alternative to driving. In general, people now are much more frugal than the lavish days of pre-2008 with SUV's and massive houses. One main result of all of the downsizing is the urban movement is coming online in Ohio. Even some of the mid-tier cities like Hamilton are experiencing the beginning of an urban regrowth. Walkability and accessibility to public transportation are now becoming more desirable than large lots and suburban strip malls.

Let's build an infrastructure which can support an urban population. High speed rail is a primary component.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I'm in favor of improving/expanding rail infrastructure; it doesn't even have to be high-speed!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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We desperately need it to remain competitive as a state. Young professionals, including myself, need high-speed rail.
No, we need jobs, just like everyone else.

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Let's build an infrastructure which can support an urban population. High speed rail is a primary component.
Okay, let's. Everyone who wants a train can voluntarily donate money toward the cause.

Unless by "let's" you meant using government force so that everyone is forced to pay for your ability to use a laptop while you travel.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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No, we need jobs, just like everyone else.



Okay, let's. Everyone who wants a train can voluntarily donate money toward the cause.
It's called a vote and a tax.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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Greetings Ohio! I've posted this thread in the forums of several other Midwestern states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. What would Ohioans think of bullet trains running out of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus to places like Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, as well as potentially other places? Speak and let your thoughts be heard!
Hi stlouisan--

I would love the idea, but am at a loss as to how government would pay for it. Governor Kasich mercifully killed the high-speed rail from Cincinnati to Cleveland because the state didn't have the money to blow on it (and the high speed rail was limited to 79 MPH anyway).
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Hi stlouisan--

I would love the idea, but am at a loss as to how government would pay for it. Governor Kasich mercifully killed the high-speed rail from Cincinnati to Cleveland because the state didn't have the money to blow on it (and the high speed rail was limited to 79 MPH anyway).

The high-speed rail got downgraded to slow speed before it was killed altogether. Who wants to pay to ride a slow train that will take longer than driving or even riding a bus? Add in the possibility of being forced to spend the night at a hotel and it seems like a very poor plan.

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Traveling at very slow speeds, as 3-C trains will do, a one-way trip from Cleveland to Cincinnati will consume six and one-half hours -- two hours more than driving or taking a Greyhound bus, whose ticket price for the same route is $49.

Amtrak says ORDC directed it to not include "high speed" (110 MPH) scenarios in the scope of this feasibility study.

Pulliam also observes that too few train sets and the scheduling of them, will absolutely force some full-fare day-trip riders to overnight either at the city furthest away from their home city or Columbus, Ohio's capital, located mid-way along the 255-mile route.
Analysis of Amtrak study for Ohio 3-C rail plan reveals fatal flaws - Columbus Government | Examiner.com
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Hi stlouisan--

I would love the idea, but am at a loss as to how government would pay for it. Governor Kasich mercifully killed the high-speed rail from Cincinnati to Cleveland because the state didn't have the money to blow on it (and the high speed rail was limited to 79 MPH anyway).
Easy! Redirect some of the money non-users, like me, are "forced" to pay for roads, to alternate forms of transportation, like rail.
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