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Old August 31st, 2015, 04:42 AM   #5921
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Utility corridor gets nod for Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail




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A federal study has endorsed the so-called utility corridor for the proposed Houston-to-Dallas, high-speed rail.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration released a report Aug. 10 supporting Texas Central Railway’s decision to use that pathway for the 240-mile line.
“TCR identified this corridor to take advantage of relatively straight, existing long, linear infrastructure easements between Dallas and Houston,” the report says. “The Utility Corridor would follow the Centerpoint Energy and Oncor Electric Delivery high-voltage electrical transmission lines.”
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Old September 1st, 2015, 02:04 AM   #5922
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I believe that the technical classification is Higher-Speed Rail. (thank you US government ability to label things!! )




I completely disagree with this, given the experience with HSR and even conventional rail all around the world. However, you have already shown that you are not interested in a reasoned discussion on this matter, so I'll just end here.



This is a legal matter that is easily changed when one writes the permits for such things.
I Don't care, this country is broke, we cannot afford any high speed rail, especially in florida, i think as snake as scott did, he did the right thing here to kill high speed rail, we don't have that kind of money.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 03:18 AM   #5923
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Yet we somehow have the kind of money to spend on the Military, and Highways.

Please, get real
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Old September 1st, 2015, 02:15 PM   #5924
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Nearly 500 billion dollars has been spent on the F-35 program alone. If that money were put in to rail...
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Old September 1st, 2015, 03:25 PM   #5925
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bbbut...the F35 will protect us from those who hate our freedoms
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Old September 1st, 2015, 06:02 PM   #5926
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Nearly 500 billion dollars has been spent on the F-35 program alone. If that money were put in to rail...
Well now, NATO and the US military do need a new plane: the latest developments in certain "potentially hostile countries" have caught up with our previous generation of hardware, so innovation is called for. Having said that, how the Pentagon and the defense contractors manage to burn through such mountains of money is beyond me!

What the US clearly needs is a domestic producer of advanced railway equipment. Then we would have similar dynamics as with the military-industrial lobby: politicians from the "train-producing states" would badger the Department of Transport and the Congressional Appropriations Committees to release funds. Plenty of them!

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Old September 2nd, 2015, 08:05 AM   #5927
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bbbut...the F35 will protect us from those who hate our freedoms
How else are small-town police forces going to patrol once the next generation comes out?
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 11:56 PM   #5928
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All this ignores that HSR lines generally turn operating profits and recoup initial investment through increased regional economic activity. In other words, they are an overall financial gain, not a debt, and should be seen as a valued investment.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 02:54 PM   #5929
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Texas bullet train 'one step' closer to reality

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NAGOYA -- Plans for America's first ultrahigh-speed rail line are going the right way for JR Tokai, which has been pursuing this export opportunity from the start.

The project has "moved one step forward," President Koei Tsuge told reporters in Tokyo Thursday. His company, whose formal name is Central Japan Railway, runs Japan's busiest bullet train service -- the Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka.

Private enterprise is leading the effort to connect Dallas and Houston with a 90-minute rail link. The company behind the project, Texas Central Partners, recently raised $75 million in its first round of fundraising.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 06:48 PM   #5930
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So any news on the NEC, or California?
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 07:02 PM   #5931
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So any news on the NEC, or California?
They'll started installing new catenary near Jersey Ave. Along with more poles in general. I'll try to have a detailed report by the end of the month.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 07:57 PM   #5932
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So any news on the NEC, or California?
We won't see anything vertical going on with the Fresno River Viaduct until later this fall, I think...they've finished piling, I think and will begin erecting the rebar and then filling the concrete (I'm sure there's more involved, technically than that...).

There's just nothing to take photos of for another few weeks.
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Old September 4th, 2015, 02:41 AM   #5933
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They'll started installing new catenary near Princeton JCT. Along with more poles in general. I'll try to have a detailed report by the end of the month.
and when can we expect 160 mph service?
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Old September 4th, 2015, 05:34 AM   #5934
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We got rid of high speed rail in florida for good reason, because number#1 it's a waste of taxpayer money and number#2 south florida has restrictions on speed in rail road.
lol trash. at least you guys will be flooded out in a few decades.
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Old September 4th, 2015, 05:38 AM   #5935
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I Don't care, this country is broke, we cannot afford any high speed rail, especially in florida, i think as snake as scott did, he did the right thing here to kill high speed rail, we don't have that kind of money.
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Old September 4th, 2015, 07:19 AM   #5936
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People, again we have veered off topic. Let us resume with discussions that pertain to the construction and operation of High Speed Rail in these States United. And, NOT in the political aspects of high speed rail!

So does anyone have any opinion of High speed rail operation in Upstate New York or in Southern Pennsylvania?
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and when can we expect 160 mph service?
2017 or 18...
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One thing is stopping the US from building a high-speed-rail system

Virtually every wealthy nation in the world has invested in a high-speed-rail network — with the striking exception of the US.

From Japan to France, even from Turkey to Russia, trains travel through the country at speeds of 150 mph or above, linking city centers and providing a desirable alternative to both air and automobile travel.

Meanwhile, outside Amtrak's 28 miles of 150-mph track in rural Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the American rail network is largely limited to speeds of 110 mph or less.

There are few reasons to think the situation will change much in the coming decades.

So why has the US failed to fund and construct high-speed rail?

The problem is not political process.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/one-t...#ixzz3l49qpEHW
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One thing is stopping the US from building a high-speed-rail system

Virtually every wealthy nation in the world has invested in a high-speed-rail network — with the striking exception of the US.

From Japan to France, even from Turkey to Russia, trains travel through the country at speeds of 150 mph or above, linking city centers and providing a desirable alternative to both air and automobile travel.

Meanwhile, outside Amtrak's 28 miles of 150-mph track in rural Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the American rail network is largely limited to speeds of 110 mph or less.

There are few reasons to think the situation will change much in the coming decades.

So why has the US failed to fund and construct high-speed rail?

The problem is not political process.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/one-t...#ixzz3l49qpEHW
All other modes of transport need some kind of subsidy or the other. The highway system pretty much relies on the gas tax among others. If the entire interstate system was tolled and the unviable routes closed down then nearly half of the system predominantly in the flyover states would have to be closed. If we start paying the true cost of each mode the rail system suddenly becomes a very viable option.
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