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Old July 23rd, 2015, 04:43 PM   #5821
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High-Speed Rail in Texas Takes a Big Step Forward

The proposed high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston is one step closer to becoming a reality. Texas Central is proud to announce that it has closed on the first round of development funding for the project. Texas Central raised $75 million exclusively from Texas-based investors who are experienced visionaires and believe in big ideas. We’re also pround to announce the hiring of Tim Keith as CEO of Texas Central.

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Old July 23rd, 2015, 09:36 PM   #5822
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Good, that's enough money to put up a website and create a slick CGI filled TV commercial.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 03:37 AM   #5823
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Good, that's enough money to put up a website and create a slick CGI filled TV commercial.
And finish surveying the route.

And fill out the paperwork for the permits.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 04:34 AM   #5824
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Some Acela Express Shots I took yesterday

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Old July 24th, 2015, 05:44 AM   #5825
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Amtrak wants Acela trains to go faster

Amtrak is asking the feds to let its trains go faster.

The passenger rail system has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration to allow it to increase the speed of its Acela trains from 150 mph to 160 mph in three zones along its Northeast corridor — Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/am...rticle/2568785
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Old July 24th, 2015, 08:40 AM   #5826
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Why not 165 mph? That's what the Acela was designed for after all.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 10:03 AM   #5827
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High-Speed Rail in Texas Takes a Big Step Forward

The proposed high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston is one step closer to becoming a reality. Texas Central is proud to announce that it has closed on the first round of development funding for the project. Texas Central raised $75 million exclusively from Texas-based investors who are experienced visionaires and believe in big ideas. We’re also pround to announce the hiring of Tim Keith as CEO of Texas Central.

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Thay are planning to use Shinkansen N700-I Bullet rolling stocks for the texas high speed rail line.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 07:40 PM   #5828
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Maryland Proposes MagLev Marriage Between D.C., Baltimore

Imagine traveling from downtown D.C. to BWI Airport in 8 minutes or from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes. Considering how consistently terrible and unreliable commuting is in our region, such fast trips would seem possible in a fantasy world. For starters, 40 traffic-clogged miles separate the two cities; to cover that ground in 15 minutes would require some serious speed.

In another decade or so it could be reality.

In what may be the most ambitious initiative of his young administration, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pursuing next-generation high speed rail through a partnership with the private sector and Japanese government.

Maryland would import the super conducting MagLev — magnetic levitation — technology now being developed in Japan to build the fastest rail line in the United States, leaving behind the 19th century steel-on-steel railroad construction and its enormous maintenance costs. As WAMU first reported in June, the state is applying for a federal grant to study MagLev, which requires a straight right-of-way to obtain its awesome speeds.

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Old July 25th, 2015, 12:52 AM   #5829
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Thay are planning to use Shinkansen N700-I Bullet rolling stocks for the texas high speed rail line.
http://www.kato-unitrack.de/media/ca...10-547_6_1.jpg
I wish they would use the CRH380B/Siemens Velaro! Just my personal preference.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 04:48 AM   #5830
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They'd be able to use the Velaro, but not the 380B.
The entire project is funded by JR Central anyway so there isn't a cat's chance in hell of them using anything but Japanese rolling stock.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 05:35 AM   #5831
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Maryland Proposes MagLev Marriage Between D.C., Baltimore

Imagine traveling from downtown D.C. to BWI Airport in 8 minutes or from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes. Considering how consistently terrible and unreliable commuting is in our region, such fast trips would seem possible in a fantasy world. For starters, 40 traffic-clogged miles separate the two cities; to cover that ground in 15 minutes would require some serious speed.

In another decade or so it could be reality.

In what may be the most ambitious initiative of his young administration, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pursuing next-generation high speed rail through a partnership with the private sector and Japanese government.

Maryland would import the super conducting MagLev — magnetic levitation — technology now being developed in Japan to build the fastest rail line in the United States, leaving behind the 19th century steel-on-steel railroad construction and its enormous maintenance costs. As WAMU first reported in June, the state is applying for a federal grant to study MagLev, which requires a straight right-of-way to obtain its awesome speeds.

http://wamu.org/programs/metro_conne...n_dc_baltimore
Ah , using that canceled Urban Transit money well...what a joke Maryland is....improve the busy and crumbling NEC before you build your Japanese toy....the Japanese can build it themselves if its a profitable idea...
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Old July 25th, 2015, 06:44 AM   #5832
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Larry Hogan is possibly my least favorite politician currently for his handling of funding for Baltimore projects, and I hope his term is a catastrophe that will lead liberal Marylanders to the polls the next times around.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 07:47 AM   #5833
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Acela's Roaring through Princeton Junction


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'Let's get this done,' U.S. transportation secretary says of D.C.-Richmond high-speed rail

RICHMOND — President Barack Obama’s top transportation official said the long-sought high-speed rail linking Washington to Richmond and eventually to cities farther south is one of his top priorities in the final months of Obama’s term.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, speaking Wednesday in Richmond, announced a $1 million planning grant for the project and said he’ll be working with the Federal Railroad Administration to get monthly updates in hopes of pushing it closer to reality. The $2 billion leg from Richmond to Washington has been discussed for more than a decade, and officials have said recently that its completion is likely another decade away.

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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:04 PM   #5836
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Just a question, how comes you guys don't want to develop your own stock? The US has some major manufacturing firms like General Electric but I have noticed that European firms are really creeping in to the American market.

I wish we could build our own trainsets for our planned HS route in Britain, but we don't have any major builders apart from...urm...none at all.

The Velaro D is entering service with Eurostar soon into London St. Pancras, personally I think they look a bit odd.
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Just a question, how comes you guys don't want to develop your own stock? The US has some major manufacturing firms like General Electric but I have noticed that European firms are really creeping in to the American market.

I wish we could build our own trainsets for our planned HS route in Britain, but we don't have any major builders apart from...urm...none at all.

The Velaro D is entering service with Eurostar soon into London St. Pancras, personally I think they look a bit odd.
No profit for GE or any other company. Maybe a joint venture might happen. GE only builds locomotives for the freight market.
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Just a question, how comes you guys don't want to develop your own stock? The US has some major manufacturing firms like General Electric but I have noticed that European firms are really creeping in to the American market.

I wish we could build our own trainsets for our planned HS route in Britain, but we don't have any major builders apart from...urm...none at all.

The Velaro D is entering service with Eurostar soon into London St. Pancras, personally I think they look a bit odd.
Well the biggest problem is that the market is too small. There's also a tendency for the agencies who actually do operate under wire to order insanely-customized products which make NS' V250 debacle look utterly typical.

We used to have our own stock. GE and the St. Louis Car Company produced a common EMU platform that became known as the Silverliner IV in Philadelphia, Arrow III in New Jersey, and M1 through M6 inclusive in New York. Ultimately, though, market saturation (very few US rails were ever electrified to begin with), lack of capital or interest or demand, and a host of other issues has led to a total loss of passenger equipment construction knowhow in the US.
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No profit for GE or any other company. Maybe a joint venture might happen. GE only builds locomotives for the freight market.
Meanwhile GE and EMD are both creeping into the European freight market. Both of them are well-established globally, providing the actual technical platform for a lot of Australian equipment as well as direct exports to China, the Middle East, South America, etc.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #5839
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Here is a column about the new CEO for Texas Central Partners.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/c...e-big-sell.ece

Note that Texas Central Railway and Texas Central Partners are separate but closely related corporations.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/i...unk-of-cash-1/
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Old July 28th, 2015, 10:51 PM   #5840
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Ah , using that canceled Urban Transit money well...what a joke Maryland is....improve the busy and crumbling NEC before you build your Japanese toy....the Japanese can build it themselves if its a profitable idea...
The Japanese ARE building it themselves. It is under construction.
  • Building between Tokyo and Nagoya ~300 km.
  • Will be 88% tunnelled ( and therefore will be expensive )
  • Is forecast to be profitable within a year ( obviously talking about operating cost )
  • Will travel at 500km/h
  • Will be faster than flying ( 40m trip - end to end )
  • Will cost 700¥ extra per ticket ( in today's dollars ) ( ~$6 ). Currently, the trip costs ¥11,290 ( $92 )
  • Will start operation in 2027
  • Is called the Chuo Shinkansen
  • Is being financed 100% by a profitable private company ( JR Central ) with no government funding
  • Will not need to compensate landowners if more than 40m below ground.

That last point is important. They enacted the DEEP TUNNEL legislation, which is key to getting the train to run into congested cities like Tokyo at lower costs, which is where most of the deep tunnelling will be. It means the train won't be held up by landowners who want to extort the ROW 40m under their property.

That's really deep, by the way.

A Japanese company would like be NOT too successful building a line in the US without a local company/government agency. These things need deep and complete cooperation to build out. What incentive what the local politicians and transportation agencies have to help a foreign company build a line in the USA?

Also, this is essentially public infrastructure that will be used for a century or longer.

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