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View Poll Results: Would you take high speed rail over driving or flying
Yes 65 81.25%
No 15 18.75%
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Old 12-26-2019, 07:53 PM
 
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I don't fly to Dallas. Too short of a drive.
Same here.

I only fly through Dallas (for instance, IAH -> DFW -> TPA).
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Speed doesn't make people sick. Your body has no way of knowing what speed you are going inside a vessel that is closed. The only way you know what speed you're going in an open vessel is due to wind.
It's not the wind, it's the acceleration.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:15 AM
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Location: Up North
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Trains need to be a good bit faster than cars but cheaper than air travel in order to be appealing.
If that would be the case, I absolutely would take high speed rail.
As a nation, I think we’d be better off building more passenger rail that people will actually use rather than a single more mile or extra lane of interstate.
Interstate highways reached their maximum potential probably 30-40 years ago and have been on a downhill slide ever since. Way too crowded and inefficient.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:23 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Meh ..... speed-schmeed. There is something relaxing about riding on a train looking out the window. Making the train ultra fast creates more problems than it solves.
A good 75 MPH train on good rails that ran on time would probably succeed. The train to Washington, DC arrives downtown. The train to New Orleans arrives downtown. In fact, all train stations I know of are downtown. Ask someone to build a high speed train and they will end up building it many miles from downtown.


For those who do not know: Amtrak does not own rails. They lease rails from freight companies, hence the poor ride quality in many places.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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For me it's about convenience. With high speed rail, I can get from Dallas to Houston in under 90 minutes. It would be 3.5 hours to drive. At my destination, I could have car service waiting.
Never mind the anal probe with the TSA goons. Seems an easy choice vs air for the same route once you factor in time and TSA goons.

I will never ever forget a bunch of Muslims with checkerboard head things going right thru security while they gave the twice over to a priest in a Jesus robe. Happend in VA Beach Va.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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No. I own my own plane and go where I please on my schedule.
You do realize you are a bit of a statistical outlier?
1) Owning a plane
2) Trust fund.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:15 AM
 
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Meh ..... speed-schmeed. There is something relaxing about riding on a train looking out the window. Making the train ultra fast creates more problems than it solves.
A good 75 MPH train on good rails that ran on time would probably succeed. The train to Washington, DC arrives downtown. The train to New Orleans arrives downtown. In fact, all train stations I know of are downtown. Ask someone to build a high speed train and they will end up building it many miles from downtown.


For those who do not know: Amtrak does not own rails. They lease rails from freight companies, hence the poor ride quality in many places.
Speculation is the HSR will have the Dallas station in the downtown area.

And time was, Amtrak had to give priority to the freight trains. I've been on many that spent an hour or two sitting on a side track, waiting. Hence the delays.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:23 AM
 
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Meh, I think too many of you folks just have it in for the TSA. They’re just doing their jobs with what resources they have. After 9/11, the American people decided to make a deal with the devil by telling the Bush Administration that they wanted to trade some freedom for a tiny bit of security. The TSA is one piece of the trade, and it’s not their fault that they exist.

For the most part, they do a good job.

I was shouting at time that hiring minimum wage people to grope the passengers was stupid and provides no actual security. Just bureaucratic window dressing, a feel good if you like. How many tests have gotten weapons through!!!! seems most of times they have tested TSA, they succeeded more often than not getting weapons onboard. You are hiring McD workers to provide your security. Seriously?



They needed to seal pilots in cockpit so nobody from passenger area could gain admittance. No way for the pilots to allow admittance no matter threat of violence to passengers if they didnt. They needed random air police on flights in passenger compartment. Rest of it is window dressing.
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Old 12-27-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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It's not the wind, it's the acceleration.
No it's not. You don't feel speed because of acceleration. Acceleration (an deceleration) only happens when there is a change in speed... and in that case, you feel the acceleration itself. Not speed. BTW, you feel acceleration whether you are in an open or closed vessel.

You can't feel speed on its own. You do feel wind if it is rushing past you in an open vessel.
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Old 12-27-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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Meh ..... speed-schmeed. There is something relaxing about riding on a train looking out the window. Making the train ultra fast creates more problems than it solves.
A good 75 MPH train on good rails that ran on time would probably succeed. The train to Washington, DC arrives downtown. The train to New Orleans arrives downtown. In fact, all train stations I know of are downtown. Ask someone to build a high speed train and they will end up building it many miles from downtown.


For those who do not know: Amtrak does not own rails. They lease rails from freight companies, hence the poor ride quality in many places.
Amtrak does own rails in some places. For example, they own the NE Corridor rails -- which happen to be the most traveled rails in the US.
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