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Old June 15th, 2016, 06:56 PM   #6401
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Props for rick scott for keeping the taxes low in florida and slow down wasteful spending, screw California anyways.
Maybe the florida governor should go further cut more taxes and privatize the state highway system as well.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #6402
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Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central), a private company that is leading the bullet train project coming to Texas, is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Texas Central held a railroad update Tuesday, June 7, at the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The bullet train will be the first high-speed rail the country has ever seen. Travel time on the train will be 90 minutes between Houston and Dallas with one stop in between in the Brazos Valley area. The high-speed rail will be beneficial to the nearly 50,000 Texans who travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth more than once a week.

The bullet train is Japanese technology that Texas Central will be purchasing. The technology is one of the safest in the world. The train has never had a crash or fatality due to operations and has been running for over 50 years in Japan. The train has moved tens of billons of people every year, and the average annual delay is less than one minute.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #6403
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3 h between Miami and Orlando if really achieved would be a solid performance. Fast enough to make sense for business trips and perhaps even make money. Depends of course also from other factors like location of stations, quality of trains, punctuality and frequency.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 10:02 PM   #6404
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Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale are all downtown, centrally located. Orlando is at the airport, but there are developments planned nearby and it allows connections both to the parks and downtown.

The trains (as seen above) seem quite nice, and are planned for Wi-Fi, outlets, and all the usual goodies. We can see conference tables and the like too. Frequency, if I recall correctly, is about once an hour or less. Punctuality remains to be seen, but they do have corporate leverage and options to tailor freight service to run at night.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 10:32 PM   #6405
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Back in 2011 or so the state of Wisconsin was given money to build high speed rail, and the governor used it for other uses despite that it was specifically for high speed rail. I'm not trying to be political here, but is it still a possibility that Wisconsin could get high-speed rail transportation anytime soon?
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Old June 15th, 2016, 10:44 PM   #6406
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Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale are all downtown, centrally located. Orlando is at the airport, but there are developments planned nearby and it allows connections both to the parks and downtown.

The trains (as seen above) seem quite nice, and are planned for Wi-Fi, outlets, and all the usual goodies. We can see conference tables and the like too. Frequency, if I recall correctly, is about once an hour or less. Punctuality remains to be seen, but they do have corporate leverage and options to tailor freight service to run at night.
Is there going to be a stop in Treasure Coast? It would make sense just to be linked to MIA or Orlando airports.
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Old June 15th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #6407
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Only vague talk on the Space Coast, as far as I know. Some towns want it, others don't (noise, "vagrants", traffic). And although it would pick up more passengers, it would slow the trains down.
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Old June 16th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #6408
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Back in 2011 or so the state of Wisconsin was given money to build high speed rail, and the governor used it for other uses despite that it was specifically for high speed rail. I'm not trying to be political here, but is it still a possibility that Wisconsin could get high-speed rail transportation anytime soon?
Probably not until Walker is out of office.
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Old June 18th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #6409
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Back in 2011 or so the state of Wisconsin was given money to build high speed rail, and the governor used it for other uses despite that it was specifically for high speed rail. I'm not trying to be political here, but is it still a possibility that Wisconsin could get high-speed rail transportation anytime soon?
The funds were redistributed to other states. (Walker wanted to use if for roads/highways.)
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Old June 18th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #6410
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Old June 20th, 2016, 10:48 AM   #6411
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Old June 21st, 2016, 03:51 AM   #6412
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Back in 2011 or so the state of Wisconsin was given money to build high speed rail, and the governor used it for other uses despite that it was specifically for high speed rail. I'm not trying to be political here, but is it still a possibility that Wisconsin could get high-speed rail transportation anytime soon?
Scott Walker (R) turned down the $800 million and it was sent to California instead basically. Florida's governor did the same. Very dumb but what do you expect from a doctrinaire Neo-Con.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 03:52 AM   #6413
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Maybe the florida governor should go further cut more taxes and privatize the state highway system as well.

Do I care?

we don't have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 03:54 AM   #6414
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Scott Walker (R) turned down the $800 million and it was sent to California instead basically. Florida's governor did the same.
Because this country is broke and what rick scott and scott walker did was right, we are sick of borrowing and spending money we don't have, I don't hate high speed rail (if it was in a free market), I think it's a waste of taxpayer money.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 06:42 AM   #6415
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The only count that you are right on is that Rick Scott did something or rather allowed something to happen while Scott Walker was inactive or obstructionist to the point of habit. Federal money is not the question of the this forum, the question is about the national opinion of HSR and while I disagree with Rick Scott on many things he at least believes advanced rail travel to be useful and popular to the point of profit, while Scott Walker is a dogmatic imbecile who's mood on Rail travel ranges from ambivalent to openly hostile. Do not credit him with doing the right thing, Rick Scott at least tried he did nothing.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 04:19 PM   #6416
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Dallas-Fort Worth high-speed rail plan draws worldwide interest

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Another company that has consistently shown interest during the past two years in possibly building the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth line is SNCF, France’s state-owned railway. However, Alain Leray, president of SNCF America, said after Monday’s meeting he is concerned that if Texas officials allow Texas Central Partners to build the Dallas-Houston line using the same technology found on trains in Japan then Texas’ system won’t be compatible with trains built by other companies.

Rail companies in other countries use “neutral” technology that can be used by competing companies, but the Japanese technology isn’t compatible, he said.

“If Texas goes with the Japanese technology, it will create a monopoly in the process,” Leray said. “Anytime you need to replace train sets, you will have only one supplier, and that will drive up the price for Texans.”

Texas Central Partners officials have said they are open to building other rail lines in Texas, but for now are focused almost entirely upon getting the Dallas-Houston component built.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...#storylink=cpy
How much of this supposed "lock-in" is a true concern, and how much of it is being amplified by a potential competitor?

I can't really imagine what, other than specific signaling and other communications technologies, would make it incompatible.

Though, I do admit the adamance of TXCentral that they don't need to be concerned with interoperability, further down the line, is very annoying. Maybe they have a larger strategy that they're keeping close to their chests, but their current plans seem a bit short-sighted...
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Old June 21st, 2016, 05:20 PM   #6417
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Because this country is broke and what rick scott and scott walker did was right, we are sick of borrowing and spending money we don't have, I don't hate high speed rail (if it was in a free market), I think it's a waste of taxpayer money.
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The only count that you are right on is that Rick Scott did something or rather allowed something to happen while Scott Walker was inactive or obstructionist to the point of habit. Federal money is not the question of the this forum, the question is about the national opinion of HSR and while I disagree with Rick Scott on many things he at least believes advanced rail travel to be useful and popular to the point of profit, while Scott Walker is a dogmatic imbecile who's mood on Rail travel ranges from ambivalent to openly hostile. Do not credit him with doing the right thing, Rick Scott at least tried he did nothing.
Skyscraperhighrise is being dogmatic himself. The simple fact is that there are many infrastructure projects that are too big and expensive, too long term, or too indirectly profitable to be undertaken by private industry.

While I certainly don't agree with all of the decisions made regarding routing, no-one can deny that the interstate highway system has brought economic growth to the country, and it would never have been possible without the federal government.

Other programs such as the development of satellite technology, weather tracking, and improved agricultural technology have all been done by the government.

There are many cases where a high-speed rail line would not be able to directly recoup its capital costs within a reasonable timeframe. However, the indirect benefits, such as increased commercial activity and improved land values, would cover these costs. Allowing a private corporation to make money through these means would be a dramatic over-reach of power. Therefore, the government, which represents the whole population and does not have its own profit in mind, should be able to raise taxes to pay for the cost.

It is for a good reason that the increased growth and technical complexity of human society goes hand-in-hand with increased government, and it has been this way throughout history. Attempts to the contrary fly in the face of thousands of years of established facts.
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Do I care?

we don't have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem.
Privatizing the highway system would reduce spending and would also reduce the taxes.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 01:10 PM   #6419
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Hi guys, any news for the future Maglev connection between New York and Washington DC?
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I don't think there are any Plans for that.
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