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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:23 AM   #5721
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Who cares if a bunch of crappy suburban developments, and farm land are cut in half. Really, it makes me so frustrated when the U.S. faces this whining over every single rail line in the country, yet when we bulldozed our walkable, urban neighborhoods that actually had any sense of place whatsoever for interstates, not a peep 75% of the time.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 03:03 AM   #5722
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Who cares if a bunch of crappy suburban developments, and farm land are cut in half. Really, it makes me so frustrated when the U.S. faces this whining over every single rail line in the country, yet when we bulldozed our walkable, urban neighborhoods that actually had any sense of place whatsoever for interstates, not a peep 75% of the time.
That's not true...on both fronts, really, but especially the second.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 04:00 AM   #5723
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Old June 11th, 2015, 05:30 AM   #5724
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"The 13-year-old who raises chickens, turkeys and ducks in the unincorporated community of Acton told members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Tuesday that she feared the $68 billion project traveling at speeds up to 220 mph would divide her hometown."

Typical NIMBY. They always use their kids and an appeal to emotion, since they have no better arguments.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 07:10 AM   #5725
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Here Are the First Route and Station Proposals For the Magical California Hyperloop

"The Hyperloop is an entirely new form of a transportation proposed by welfare billionaire/Tesla founder Elon Musk that would hypothetically shoot capsules of people through what are essentially giant pneumatic tubes, getting travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour. It's supposed to be "ultra-clean, ultra safe, affordable, intra-urban travel at super-high speed." Everyone, including Musk, knows it is hypothetical. What Suprastudio, a master's architecture and design studio at UCLA, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, (*not the Arts District startup as previously written, but a different company with the same name), presuppose is: maybe it isn't? The two have been working together to come up with a prototype and the Suprastudio students have just released some of their research and proposals, with ideas for routes, station design, capsule design, and more."

"Suprastudio suggests several approaches to routes for connecting the major metropolises of the US, and zeroes in on proposals for a Los Angeles-Las Vegas line. They suggest a main Los Angeles station somewhere near Union Station in Downtown, but also have a plan for hubs in Santa Monica and Long Beach, creating a loop around the region with even more stations in between. Gosh, the idea of getting between Downtown and Santa Monica in something like thirty seconds is pretty mouthwatering, huh? Are you a venture capitalist? Maybe you want to go throw millions of dollars at these people!"

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Old June 11th, 2015, 05:17 PM   #5726
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All the Amtrak action caught yesterday at Princeton Junction (including the test extra):

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Old June 12th, 2015, 01:19 AM   #5727
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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 wouldn't call the maglev a line for the elite, but premium services invariably have a much better chance of turning a profit and can fund other services.

This line would be essentially a demonstration line as a proof of concept for wider adoption along the NEC. As to why it's a loan, it would be really difficult for a foreign company to come in and setup a maglev line. Those kind of things require a lot of local knowledge and the ability to create legislation. For example for the mag-lev in Japan, they had to pass a special legislation that said if you're travelling 40m below ground, you don't need to compensate the land-owners above. Without that, running into Tokyo would be prohibitively expensive and take gobs of time.

There would be a HUGE amount of risk to take on if a foreign company / gov't tried to do that on American soil.

Ultimately, you can only do so much hand-holding.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #5728
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UNITED STATES | High Speed Rail

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"The 13-year-old who raises chickens, turkeys and ducks in the unincorporated community of Acton told members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Tuesday that she feared the $68 billion project traveling at speeds up to 220 mph would divide her hometown."

Typical NIMBY. They always use their kids and an appeal to emotion, since they have no better arguments.
I know, right? Divide it? The #14 Freeway divides Acton quite well. It's a scar on the landscape. How, exactly would HSR do that?

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Old June 13th, 2015, 01:09 AM   #5731
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when are they going to officially stop using the Swedish Meatballs?
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Old June 13th, 2015, 04:59 AM   #5732
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Old June 13th, 2015, 05:00 AM   #5733
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And the viaduct could use some graffiti removal
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And the viaduct could use some graffiti removal
and the Catenary needs to be replaced..
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As well as the 4th track added back
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when are they going to officially stop using the Swedish Meatballs?
Do not know when they will all be gone, but one just went into a museum.

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If the schedule holds, they'll all be retired by next January, methinks.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 06:33 AM   #5738
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And that's why they can't get rid of the 1 dollar bill. People can't stand more change.
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And that's why they can't get rid of the 1 dollar bill. People can't stand more change.
Japan stopped printing the 100 yen bill in 1966 and the 500 yen bill in 1985.
I am guessing the US will do the same when they start using the HSR.
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Parsons Brinckerhoff and Network Rail land $700m US high-speed rail role

"The California High-Speed Rail Authority has approved the appointment of a PB-led team that also includes Network Rail Consulting and management consultant LeighFisher."

"The new role as rail delivery partner (RDP) recognises a shift in the USA’s first high-speed rail programme from planning to construction."

"We are pleased to have received competitive proposals from two of the global leaders in programme management," said authority CEO Jeff Morales. "Today's action reflects a new area of emphasis for us as we move forward with construction and focus towards planning and implementation of operations."

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