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View Poll Results: Should the US build or improve it's HSR network?
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Old November 14th, 2015, 03:37 PM   #6101
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Don't alternatives also assume actual improvements to the existing ROW...? It's not as though the current alignment wouldn't be enhanced, as well, no?
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Old November 14th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #6102
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Providence is already serviced well ...I don't know why they would need more service ontop of what they have. I do agree with an East-West line across Mass but it should extend to Albany...and be Electrified...
Hey! We don't wanna get left out of everything!
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Old November 15th, 2015, 01:58 AM   #6103
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IS A HIGH-SPEED RAIL LINE FROM SAN ANTONIO TO MEXICO IN THE WORKS?




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Once every decade or so, Texas officials make promises that a high-speed rail line from San Antonio to Monterrey, Mexico – the country's financial center, which is located only two hours from the border – is in the works. That time has come around again, and, this week, Texas and Mexican officials met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington, D.C., to present a plan to connect the San Antonio-Laredo corridor with Monterrey, located in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo Leon.
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Old November 15th, 2015, 01:59 AM   #6104
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US 290-610 Interchange could be high-speed rail terminal site


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Old November 15th, 2015, 02:01 AM   #6105
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Texas Rail Prospects Tempt French, Chinese, Japanese


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A Japanese-backed effort to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train may just be the start of an international rail play in Texas. Companies from France and China with experience building and running high-speed rail are also vying to get a piece of potential rail projects in the state.
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Old November 15th, 2015, 09:34 AM   #6106
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Providence is already serviced well ...I don't know why they would need more service ontop of what they have. I do agree with an East-West line across Mass but it should extend to Albany...and be Electrified...
Providence is too big a market for an HSR mainline to ignore. It's the biggest market by far between New Haven and Boston, much bigger than Worcester or Worcester/Springfield.

As usual, I think Alon Levy has an excellent critique of this EIS' excessive scope creep. He is right: a lot of HSR can be built for these untold billions if the cost of each segment is kept under control.

Goddamn it I really ****ed up with my BA. A BS C.E., MS Financial Engineering, and I'd have it made to be a cost-control consultant.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 03:52 AM   #6107
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Developers say bullet train will work even if it doesn’t reach downtown Houston




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Old November 16th, 2015, 09:21 AM   #6108
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Gateway Development Corp to lead trans-Hudson tunnel project

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Officials from the states of New York and New Jersey announced on November 12 that a governance model has been agreed to take forward plans for an additional rail tunnel beneath the Hudson river between Newark and New York.

A four-party entity known as the Gateway Development Corp would manage the construction of the tunnel plus associated works, including replacement of a bridge over the Hackensack river in New Jersey and redevelopment of New York Penn station to cater for additional trains using the Northeast Corridor. GDC would be established as a subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, but its management board would comprise representatives of both states, the federal Department of Transportation and Amtrak.

The federal government has provisionally agreed to provide up to 50% of the estimated $15bn to $20bn cost of the Gateway programme, with the two states pledging to fund the rest, but an overall funding model has yet to be finalised. One potential new source of funding could be the revenues from Amtrak’s NEC services, profits from which are currently used to cross-subsidise loss-making long-distance passenger trains. Legislation now being considered by Congress would allow any operating profit Amtrak makes from its NEC service to be reinvested in infrastructure enhancements on the Washington DC – Boston route.

Capacity constraints on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains have grown over recent years, as all trains between Newark and New York Penn must use a single twin-bore tunnel under the Hudson river. These concerns have been exacerbated since the tunnel was flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which has led Amtrak to suggest that the tunnels may need to be closed within the next 20 years. Previous plans to build a trans-Hudson tunnel under the ARC programme were abandoned in 2010 after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie raised concerns about cost overruns.

‘Everyone knew it was important, everyone said it was important, but nobody was coming up with the funding’, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo told local media on November 12. ‘And I think our pledge at 50% was heard by the President, by the Department of Transportation and we said, “Let's stop talking and let's start digging because we have start replacing the tunnels.”’
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Old November 18th, 2015, 03:04 AM   #6109
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Portland firm pitches high-speed aerial tram between Las Vegas and LA


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Old November 18th, 2015, 03:05 AM   #6110
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No, California High-Speed Rail Money Shouldn't Go to Roads




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Elon Musk's Hyperloop is going to be expensive — but it's doable


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That seems to be a 180 from a year ago when he said it would be cheaper then HSR...
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Old November 18th, 2015, 08:35 AM   #6113
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Old November 19th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #6114
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Biden boosts bullet trains in Dallas speech


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Old November 19th, 2015, 08:33 AM   #6116
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Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority selected XpressWest as the state’s franchisee for constructing a high-speed rail

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During a three-hour meeting Wednesday(11/18/2015), the five-member Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority unanimously selected XpressWest as the state’s franchisee for constructing a high-speed rail system that connects Las Vegas with Southern California.

Four applicants competed with XpressWest’s bid but authority officials were in agreement that the proposal was the only one that met their evaluation criteria.

XpressWest officials said they could start construction as early as fall 2016. The project aims to link Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

The board, created in May by Senate Bill 457, was charged with selecting a private developer to operate the rail system and was required to evaluate the applications based on the completion of environmental studies, level of private investment, pending regulatory permits, and how far the applicant is from the start of construction. XpressWest is now required to provide the board with progress reports twice a year. The board, in addition to reviewing the progress, can also help facilitate intergovernmental partnerships.

The initial phase of the XpressWest project, which will link Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., will cost $8 billion. “In high-speed rail terms, most projects are a lot more expensive than this,” said Nick Hann, an executive at the Macquarie Group working with XpressWest.

The line will mostly run adjacent to Interstate 15, offering roundtrip service for under $100. The project’s second phase will link Las Vegas with Palmdale, via the Victorville station. Riders will then be able to connect with Metrolink to take the train to Los Angeles. In its last phase, XpressWest plans to link its system to California’s high-speed rail. Its technology is interoperable with California’s.

Earlier this month, the Las Vegas-based XpressWest project, formerly named DesertXpress, announced a $100 million investment from a consortium of state-owned Chinese companies. XpressWest officials said they do not plan to seek public funding from the state.

At Wednesday’s meeting, XpressWest’s Chief Operating Officer Andrew Mack said China Railway International, the firm that has committed the $100 million, has a “deep and proven track record in building and operating and financing high-speed rail.”

Construction and implementation of the project is expected to take about five years, with both the Las Vegas to Victorville line and the Victorville to Palmdale line finished at the same time.

Five applicants bid on serving as the state’s high-speed rail franchisee. The authority heard presentations from four of the applicants. One applicant, Nevada Intercity Passenger Railroad Co., did not present. Members of the authority said the other applicants had interesting ideas but were in agreement that the proposals did not meet their criteria. XpressWest has been seeking permits for years.
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The Surfliner should be extended from San Luis to San Francisco..
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The Surfliner should be extended from San Luis to San Francisco..
I don't think this is practical with the current infrastructure. I believe the line is curvy (due to the Coastal Range) with only small towns for the most part between San Jose and San Luis Obispo. SLO itself has less than 50,000. What is needed is high-speed rail in the Central Valley, where there is a much greater population and flat-terrain, and what CAHSR will address. For now, people driving always take interstate 5 for that reason, rather than the much curvier US 101.
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For now, people driving always take interstate 5 for that reason, rather than the much curvier US 101.
Except when you are looking for good views instead of speed of course.
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Except when you are looking for good views instead of speed of course.
Of course! I've done this, the drive is indeed much prettier than I-5!
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