Real Bullet Trains to come to America

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by screwysquirrel, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Atlanta's businesses are abuzz with a new legislation proposed by John Kerry (D-MA) that will put atlanta as one of several hubs for 11 high speed passenger rail lines that will cross-cross the country.

    The proposed $8 Billion project would establish new, no-grade crossing high-speed passenger rail service along both coasts from Boston to Miami, Seattle to San Diego, with transcontenential links in the various mega-cities in texas, Chicago, Washington, New york, and Atlanta

    Min speed on the new line would be 110mph, with speeds pushing 200 in the plains and the southwest desert.


    full text of the bill:
  2. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Fat chance. The title of this thread is grossly misleading. This kind of legislation gets propped up every couple years and never goes anywhere.

    California is the closest of any state to get a high speed rail network; it has been approved by the state's voters and soon bonds will be sold and matching funds sought.

    Any national system would not cost anywhere near eight billion dollars. That's probably just the funding to study it further. Eight hundred miles in California is projected to cost $45 billion. A truly national system would be over one trillion dollars.
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The ink is hardly dry on the election certification and already there is talk of some of the approved high speed rail funding being diverted to freight railroads!
  4. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Amtrak's been running "test" trains on the LA-Las Vegas corridor, IIRC with funding from California & Nevada.

    Honestly, I'd love to take a high speed train to Seattle!
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think it makes a lot of sense to have high speed trains, but the cost is such that I think what needs to be done is to expand what is already there. Perhaps build a high speed corridor off the Northeast corridor connecting Chicago to NYC & Boston at Albany with stops in Detroit & Pittsburgh, and any other cities that would fall on that route. Once into Chicago, the next step would be to go down the Mississippi River to New Orleans with stops in St Louis, and other large cities along the Mississippi. It would be expensive to build the entire system, but by building one leg at a time, and letting the increased revenue from the ridership pay back the government, we could have a high speed rail system that would rival Europe. The problem with high speed rail going all the way across country is that I don't think it is practical to try to run high speed rail over the mountains of the West. How fast can you climb from sea level to 10,000 feet and go back to sea level with all of the attendant twist and turns necessary to keep grades reasonable?

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