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Old June 1st, 2015, 08:05 PM   #5681
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Yup buy american, but the parts made in china
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Old June 1st, 2015, 08:11 PM   #5682
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Yup buy american, but the parts made in china
That's the opposite of Buy America...
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Old June 4th, 2015, 03:50 AM   #5683
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High speed rail is one step closer to reality in Illinois

"Illinois just took a huge step forward in its push to bring high speed rail to the state."

"A resolution passed by Illinois state senate Sunday urges Congress to invest $2.5 billion in high-speed rail, as well as instructing the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a “ridership analysis” for possible high speed rail."



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Old June 4th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #5684
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High speed rail is one step closer to reality in Illinois

"Illinois just took a huge step forward in its push to bring high speed rail to the state."

"A resolution passed by Illinois state senate Sunday urges Congress to invest $2.5 billion in high-speed rail, as well as instructing the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a “ridership analysis” for possible high speed rail."



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/illin...#ixzz3c3AXEa91

I've been waiting for news from the couple of HSR projects that are Actually underway in Illinois, and New Jersey. Either way, this is GREAT news
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Old June 4th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #5686
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Virginia bets on higher-speed rail by 2025
By Luz Lazo June 4 at 11:00 AM

VRE Conductor Lisa Walor chats with a longtime rider on the way to Fredericksburg April, 15, 2015 in Quantico, VA. VRE is a lso expanding the first time since it opened 23 years ago.
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

If traffic is smooth on Interstate 95, driving is the quickest way to get from Richmond to Washington — even faster than taking the train, which can take up to 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Virginia transportation officials say they want to cut that train ride to 90 minutes, make passenger train travel more reliable and attractive to travelers in the corridor, and increase capacity for rail transportation.

And they want to make that happen by 2025.

The state and Federal Railroad Administration are exploring the feasibility of high-speed rail in the 123-mile stretch connecting the two capital cities. Virginia officials say the plan is to raise the maximum rail speed from the current 70 mph to 90 mph, and in doing so, make intercity passenger rail more reliable for people in the corridor and more competitive with car and air travel.

That effort would require maximizing the efficiency of the existing infrastructure while making enhancements to increase rail capacity. The corridor, which generally has a two-track system, is used by commuter and passenger rail as well as freight. The ongoing federal environmental review is contemplating adding a third track all along the corridor, modernizing stations, adding passing sidings and crossovers to allow for trains to pass one another more easily and straightening some curves to achieve faster speed.

“These improvements will decrease travel time and increase the reliability of the service in the corridor,” said Emily Stock, manager of rail planning at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

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Maryland's governor thinks the Purple Line is too expensive, but wants to build a $10 billion maglev. Huh?

By David Alpert
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June 4, 2015

"Maryland Governor Larry Hogan campaigned on cutting costs. Since taking office, however, he's expressed interest in throwing big money at numerous transportation programs—just not the transit lines that actually work and which businesses and residents want. His latest big spending idea: A $10 billion maglev between DC and Baltimore...."
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The Maglev is an expensive boondoggle. Intercity Journey times between Baltimore & Washington are 25 to 30mins and affordable. I highly doubt the Maglev fares would be affordable or generate a high enough ridership to justifly building the line. The Governor should Spend money on expanding the Urban & Suburban Rail Networks which would benefit 100,000s of residents instead a Rail line for the Elite few. If Japan believes so much in this project , why aren't they building it themselves? Why does it have to be a loan....? Its a Joke...
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The Maglev is an expensive boondoggle. Intercity Journey times between Baltimore & Washington are 25 to 30mins and affordable. I highly doubt the Maglev fares would be affordable or generate a high enough ridership to justifly building the line. The Governor should Spend money on expanding the Urban & Suburban Rail Networks which would benefit 100,000s of residents instead a Rail line for the Elite few. If Japan believes so much in this project , why aren't they building it themselves? Why does it have to be a loan....? Its a Joke...
I will never understand Hogan.
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or Maryland Voters. Let's hope he's kicked out next term
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Old June 5th, 2015, 03:04 AM   #5690
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Well here's hoping the Dems get there party machine back together after the cult of Barack Obama faded away
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Old June 5th, 2015, 05:16 AM   #5691
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I have a feeling that high-speed rail (or even maglev) will boom soon in the US as driverless car networks start complementing the "last one mile" problem

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Old June 5th, 2015, 07:16 AM   #5692
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Given the nature of rolling stock manufacture, the Chinese are likely to be able to meet any Buy America requirements. It is rare for a single company to provide almost all of the components for a trainset- they are in fact a collection of parts from thousands of subcontractors, like commercial aircraft. If the Chinese can somehow fabricate the body shells and bogies in the U.S. using U.S.-sourced steel/aluminum, the rest such as interior fittings can easily be sourced from US suppliers. Electricals will be sourced from one of the big electrical companies who have U.S. subsidiaries (Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Siemens, Alstom), and likewise the train control/signaling(for example, Thales). As an example, the Chinese domestic CRH380A model uses a Hitachi traction package.

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Given the nature of rolling stock manufacture, the Chinese are likely to be able to meet any Buy America requirements.
But when you source most of your components from the USA it wouldn't make sense not to also assemble them in the USA as well. That would eliminate the main selling point the Chinese had over the others, being cheaper because of lower labour costs. That means they can only compete the way the rest has to: mainly on technical merits.
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I never understand why US is far behind coutries like Germany or France, or even UK, Italy and Spain in term of infrastructure.
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I never understand why US is far behind coutries like Germany or France, or even UK, Italy and Spain in term of infrastructure.
Look at the recent article I posted above for answers....2 valuable Urban Projects along with Suburban upgrades might be canceled... But a 10 billion boondoggle of a Maglev project might go forward...
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Given the nature of rolling stock manufacture, the Chinese are likely to be able to meet any Buy America requirements. It is rare for a single company to provide almost all of the components for a trainset- they are in fact a collection of parts from thousands of subcontractors, like commercial aircraft. If the Chinese can somehow fabricate the body shells and bogies in the U.S. using U.S.-sourced steel/aluminum, the rest such as interior fittings can easily be sourced from US suppliers. Electricals will be sourced from one of the big electrical companies who have U.S. subsidiaries (Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Siemens, Alstom), and likewise the train control/signaling(for example, Thales). As an example, the Chinese domestic CRH380A model uses a Hitachi traction package.
How would they be competitive then?
If they are using components from abroad and assembling them in the US, what are their advantages?
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How would they be competitive then?
If they are using components from abroad and assembling them in the US, what are their advantages?
That's a good question. They have to cut costs somewhere, perhaps in design costs. Raw materials cost pretty much the same everywhere, and as the labor must be American, wages have to be the prevailing rate in N.A. Bribery is another option, but I think HSR projects are under much more scrutiny than say local transit contracts, which are traditionally the realm of corrupt dealing in the USA.
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Virginia bets on higher-speed rail by 2025

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A study to build high-speed rail between Washington and Richmond, is part of a larger larger higher speed intercity passenger rail plan for the Southeast. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

"If traffic is smooth on Interstate 95, driving is the quickest way to get from Richmond to Washington — even faster than taking the train, which can take up to 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Virginia transportation officials say they want to cut that train ride to 90 minutes, make passenger train travel more reliable and attractive to travelers in the corridor, and increase capacity.

And they want to make that happen by 2025...."
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What's with that little kink in between Richmond and D.C.? Seems like a great way to slow things down. I know it's a fairly modest proposal for now (from 70mph to 90mph, ooooo), but if you're gonna spend a whole bunch of money, why not get it right from the start?
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Look up Colemans Mill Crossing on Google Maps (terrain view).

You can see that there's a mountain in the way, the result of 19th century desires not to build a tunnel.
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