Another wrong-way HSR proposal

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Another wrong-way HSR proposal
Posted by oltmannd on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:33 AM

First Chattanooga, now Columbus.  Anybody have a spare $3B laying around?

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/proposed-high-speed-rail-would-run-through-georgia/646968116

Not a fan of these "tail-wagging-the-dog" proposals.  The right way to do this is to figure out which projects get you the most bang for the buck. For $3B you could build out an entire commuter rail network in Atlanta - and perhaps 100,000 trips a day off the busiest roads.  

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Posted by A McIntosh on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:30 AM

If they are a success, this sounds like something Brightline would do, provided there is enough of a real estate portfolio. 

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Posted by D.Carleton on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:44 AM

Has there ever been a right-way HSR proposal in this country? When I attend conferences and this, that or the other group lays out their HSR ideas the European and Asian operators of true HSR listen politely but when we're all together afterward at the social (with a little lubrication) they're laughing their heads off. They call us "naive" and "childish" for thinking we are going to build and run high-speed trains when we cannot run the passenger trains we already have effectively. At least some politico gets some press out of this.

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Posted by oltmannd on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:28 PM

D.Carleton

Has there ever been a right-way HSR proposal in this country? When I attend conferences and this, that or the other group lays out their HSR ideas the European and Asian operators of true HSR listen politely but when we're all together afterward at the social (with a little lubrication) they're laughing their heads off. They call us "naive" and "childish" for thinking we are going to build and run high-speed trains when we cannot run the passenger trains we already have effectively. At least some politico gets some press out of this.

 

Second verse, same as the first...

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Posted by bratkinson on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:10 PM

These days, the NIMBYs can and have defeated nearly all proposals for true high speed rail due to everything from protected lands and critters to loss of aestetic 'beauty' of the land, and on and on and on.  They're still fighting Brightline in Florida! 

I hate to sound like a pessimist, but in light of the anti-everything 'new' these days, it looks like the USA will continue to stumble along with very minimal increments to train speed.

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