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This thread is for the proposed DC-Baltimore Maglev train.. For Amtrak and MARC please see threads below..

Organizers line up big names to push new high-speed rail line linking D.C. to N.Y.



By Catherine Ho, Updated: Saturday, November 2, 1:04 PM

The privately owned Washington company that last year began lobbying to build a high-speed rail line between Washington and New York has lined up some prominent names to press its ambitious plan to improve congestion in the Northeast corridor.

The Northeast Maglev, the 25-employee company founded in 2010, is looking to develop a high-speed magnetic levitation system that would bring passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes and to New York in 60 minutes, at speeds of 311 miles an hour.

The company, which according to its chairman has raised $50 million in private funding, plans to announce today it has enlisted several of the region’s business and political leaders to join its advisory board: Under Armour founder and chief executive Kevin Plank; former chief executive of Northwest Airlines Doug Steenland; former transportation secretaries Mary Peters and Rodney Slater (now a lobbyist at Patton Boggs); and George Pataki, Christine Todd Whitman and Ed Rendell, former governors of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, respectively.

The board is being led by former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, who is now an adviser at DLA Piper, the international law firm that the Northeast Maglev has hired to lobby on its behalf before Congress.
 

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Newark Airport , but no Newark? Where will the NYC terminal be located , theres no space. There line would have be tunneled more then the Amtrak Plan....which puts it at anywhere 70 to 120 Billion.
 

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This pipe dream comes up every other year. I would prefer ultra-high speed conventional rail. That way, it could use the existing rail system and stations making the other lines faster as well.
 

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No Boston? And lets be honest. This will never happen.
Or Richmond and Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads as well.
slow down thor and 202_cyclist...... Rome wasn't built in a day as they say ..... you have to start somewhere .......... its feasible in technical terms, but financially, where is the money coming from is the question

^^^^ that's what I hear out here in Houston about the light rail, suburbanites complaining about they not getting commuter rail, when they barely supporting building a major light rail connection, the University Line, as the main east - west line .... hit the main nodes first, then you can expand north and south ....
 

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Japan offers to lend US half the cost of 'Super Maglev' train between Washington and Baltimore


Shanghai Maglev train http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelourplanet/

Japan has promised to provide the United States with loans to cover half the cost of a high-speed Maglev train link between Washington DC and Baltimore

10:59AM GMT 07 Jan 2014

The Japanese government has promised to lend the United States half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time between Baltimore and Washington DC to just 15 minutes.

Tokyo is so keen to show off its technology that it will provide loans for half the estimated $8 billion (£5bn) cost of installing the tracks, Japan's Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday.

The American federal government is keen on the project, according to Central Japan Railway Co., and state authorities are especially enthusiastic. "The national government has shown interest,” a source at the company said. “But a number of the states in the north-east corridor — such as Maryland — are particularly keen for faster rail links and more advanced technology.”

The 37-mile journey between Washington DC and Baltimore presently takes one hour by conventional rail link, and the Japanese government and Central Japan Railway Co. hope to use the project to showcase what it believes will be the transportation technology of the future. Eventually, a 453-mile track linking the US capital with Boston will be constructed.

The proposal for the Maglev route was first put forward by Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, during talks with President Barack Obama in February and interest is increasing among states in the north-east of the US, according to Central Japan Railway Co. "I want to propose that (the United States) introduce the Maglev train system to represent Japan-US cooperation," said Mr Abe at the meeting.

Mr Abe has devoted effort to travelling around the world to promote the export of his country's infrastructure technology. The latest proposal for extending a loan to the United States is part of such efforts.

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The state is making a $billion a year on the new gas tax and $700m on the casinos. By 2017 we'll be making $1.5b on the casinos. I think we could actually afford this.
 

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What this country needs is a $250 billion dollar "High Speed Rail Act". I hate this piecemeal nonsense. WMATA is over there planning a loop around DC that will apparently take until 2040. The California High Speed Rail will be stuck in court until I die (and I'm only 22). The Silver Line was 40 years in planning. I'm tired of thinking small. If this is part of a bigger program to extend to Boston, great I'm all for it. It's actually really cool and badly needed. If this is $8bn to go just from DC to Baltimore (with 10 years of litigation, court battles and bickering suburbanites who can't stand the noise) I'm not as excited...
 

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Maglev will happen, sometime in the distant future. It will be used for distances of 500 or less miles, replacing airplanes. It will be the next big infrastructure change, just as the interstate highway system was in the '50's-'60's. The oil supply will eventually run out. Electric vehicles of all types will ply the highways, and very high speed trains between cities. Aircraft will have to be fueled by biofuels. I'm talking the turn of the next century, or maybe 2075 or so...
 

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yeah, this project is actually attainable! I'm guessing that it might break ground about 2020 or so..
unlikely you need to buy up ROW and do EIS which would take 10 years +....Maryland should be investing that into Baltimore Transit or Suburban DC transit not sum Maglev line for the rich.
 

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What this country needs is a $250 billion dollar "High Speed Rail Act". I hate this piecemeal nonsense. WMATA is over there planning a loop around DC that will apparently take until 2040. The California High Speed Rail will be stuck in court until I die (and I'm only 22). The Silver Line was 40 years in planning. I'm tired of thinking small. If this is part of a bigger program to extend to Boston, great I'm all for it. It's actually really cool and badly needed. If this is $8bn to go just from DC to Baltimore (with 10 years of litigation, court battles and bickering suburbanites who can't stand the noise) I'm not as excited...
You're 22 and have a lot of growing up to do. Once you begin your career and start paying your own way, you'll realize how you have been brainwashed by feminists, statists, central planners, American haters and anti-capitalists. Ahhh, the hated capitalism. The system that pays for everything the socialists want.

Why should the "bickering suburbanites" pay for something that isn't needed, they will never use, will still need to be further subsidized and will be mismanaged like everything else government oversees? There is no money for these trains all of you guys love. There is no demand other than people like you with visions of utopian Europe in the USA. If the poor weren't told by the left that their ills are to be blamed on others and they will never amount to anything other than a victim, they wouldn't want trains either. They'd want their own car and big suburban house.

Educate yourself. Understand the word debt. When you waste all the people's money to buy power and votes, there is no more to spend on pipe dreams like fancy trains. Do you know how much an Amtrak ticket would be if it wasn't subsidized? Just like those stupid wind farms. If they were so wonderful they wouldn't need federal govt. subsidies. The marketplace isn't demanding wind farms. In the meantime, birds are being killed and there are no discernible net energy gains. And don't give me crap about roads being subsidized. Government cannot pick and choose industries to prop up. The result is always more cronyism, more bureaucratic bloating, more debt, increased deficits and less freedoms for all.

You can continue to attack, generalize and disparage suburbanites. It's OK. We do the same to you. Metrosexuals, skinny jeans, shaved body hair, half men, latte drinking, legs crossed socialist wimps.

America is about cars and highways. Deal with it. It's just the way it is.

Take the bus.
 

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You're 22 and have a lot of growing up to do. Once you begin your career and start paying your own way, you'll realize how you have been brainwashed by feminists, statists, central planners, American haters and anti-capitalists. Ahhh, the hated capitalism. The system that pays for everything the socialists want.

Why should the "bickering suburbanites" pay for something that isn't needed, they will never use, will still need to be further subsidized and will be mismanaged like everything else government oversees? There is no money for these trains all of you guys love. There is no demand other than people like you with visions of utopian Europe in the USA. If the poor weren't told by the left that their ills are to be blamed on others and they will never amount to anything other than a victim, they wouldn't want trains either. They'd want their own car and big suburban house.

Educate yourself. Understand the word debt. When you waste all the people's money to buy power and votes, there is no more to spend on pipe dreams like fancy trains. Do you know how much an Amtrak ticket would be if it wasn't subsidized? Just like those stupid wind farms. If they were so wonderful they wouldn't need federal govt. subsidies. The marketplace isn't demanding wind farms. In the meantime, birds are being killed and there are no discernible net energy gains. And don't give me crap about roads being subsidized. Government cannot pick and choose industries to prop up. The result is always more cronyism, more bureaucratic bloating, more debt, increased deficits and less freedoms for all.

You can continue to attack, generalize and disparage suburbanites. It's OK. We do the same to you. Metrosexuals, skinny jeans, shaved body hair, half men, latte drinking, legs crossed socialist wimps.

America is about cars and highways. Deal with it. It's just the way it is.

Take the bus.
Socialism? Capitalism? Thanks for the schpiel gramps but this has nothing to do with metrosexuals or skinny jeans. :) Apparently mass transit now is only for Socialists, feminists, American haters and European utopians? And then we wonder why the youth are voting against the Republicans in record numbers. High speed rail is cost effective or it wouldn't be in place in many parts of the developed world. In most places it's profitable on its own. In the US our passenger rail is slow, decaying and subservient to the schedules and demands of freight trains. Of course it fails! We're too cheap and pessimistic to build new rail lines so our passenger trains are forced to go at 25mph. What passenger is going to pay big bucks to move 25mph? The only problem is people, frankly , like you (no offense) who put up every obstacle possible to make sure it fails. Instead of needed improvements we automatically assume it will all fail. We have crumbling subway stations, poor lighting, collapsing bridges while billionaires continue to suck up every ounce of GDP growth (smell the freedom!). And instead of making needed repair and investments, people like you have this self fulfilling prophecy that investments are pointless because mass transit fails.

So here's what happens:
1. Anti mass transit guy: "Let's not spend money on improvements for mass transit because it will fail"
2. Reality: "Mass transit fails because lack of improvements"
3. Mass transit guy: "Told you it would fail"

I wonder why it fails?

Plus, let's not be hypocrites here. Just a few years back all the car companies were on the brink of bankruptcy, airlines were consolidating like mad and cruise ships were laying off thousands. Saying that mass transit is hurting while America is "about cars and highways" is disingenous at best and ignorant at worst. Educate yourself. Put down the remote and stop listening to Rush Limbaugh :cheers: Have you ever traveled in a Japanese shinkansen? They are very convenient. Certainly better than being stuck in traffic for 2 hours (or 4 days if you are on the George Washington Bridge).
 

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You're 22 and have a lot of growing up to do. Once you begin your career and start paying your own way, you'll realize how you have been brainwashed by feminists, statists, central planners, American haters and anti-capitalists. Ahhh, the hated capitalism. The system that pays for everything the socialists want.

Why should the "bickering suburbanites" pay for something that isn't needed, they will never use, will still need to be further subsidized and will be mismanaged like everything else government oversees? There is no money for these trains all of you guys love. There is no demand other than people like you with visions of utopian Europe in the USA. If the poor weren't told by the left that their ills are to be blamed on others and they will never amount to anything other than a victim, they wouldn't want trains either. They'd want their own car and big suburban house.

Educate yourself. Understand the word debt. When you waste all the people's money to buy power and votes, there is no more to spend on pipe dreams like fancy trains. Do you know how much an Amtrak ticket would be if it wasn't subsidized? Just like those stupid wind farms. If they were so wonderful they wouldn't need federal govt. subsidies. The marketplace isn't demanding wind farms. In the meantime, birds are being killed and there are no discernible net energy gains. And don't give me crap about roads being subsidized. Government cannot pick and choose industries to prop up. The result is always more cronyism, more bureaucratic bloating, more debt, increased deficits and less freedoms for all.

You can continue to attack, generalize and disparage suburbanites. It's OK. We do the same to you. Metrosexuals, skinny jeans, shaved body hair, half men, latte drinking, legs crossed socialist wimps.

America is about cars and highways. Deal with it. It's just the way it is.

Take the bus.
I don't see anything in his post that justifies that kind of attack. We are quickly falling behind the rest of the world (except maybe the third world) in rail technology. The reality is, we can't seem to get anything done in this country anymore, and when we do, we screw it up..Obamacare being a prime example. We've lost our leadership position in aerospace, too, although I do like the prospect that the private sector might be taking a lot of that over.

We spent probably 3 times that much on a wasted war in Iraq. It's time we invested here at home. Not saying we should spend $250 billion tomorrow, but it would be a very worthwhile thing once the economy settles down.
 

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You're 22 and have a lot of growing up to do. Once you begin your career and start paying your own way, you'll realize how you have been brainwashed by feminists, statists, central planners, American haters and anti-capitalists. Ahhh, the hated capitalism. The system that pays for everything the socialists want.

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Take the bus.
Hahaha. "Statist". You must be libertarian and you want to talk down to people about "utopia". Libertarians live in a fantasy world where less regulation turns people good.

I think you copy pasted some type of anti socialist rant because you used every cliche ever used. Complaining about subsidized wind farms while the oil industry continues to receive massive subsidies. Birds are killed by windmills but the pollution spewing out of coal plants or the oil spilling out of oil pipelines hasn't hurt a thing?

This has to be the ultimate piece of irony ever.

I've read these forums for a long time, first post just because this was so horrible I had to respond.
 

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Hahaha. "Statist". You must be libertarian and you want to talk down to people about "utopia". Libertarians live in a fantasy world where less regulation turns people good.

I think you copy pasted some type of anti socialist rant because you used every cliche ever used. Complaining about subsidized wind farms while the oil industry continues to receive massive subsidies. Birds are killed by windmills but the pollution spewing out of coal plants or the oil spilling out of oil pipelines hasn't hurt a thing?

This has to be the ultimate piece of irony ever.

I've read these forums for a long time, first post just because this was so horrible I had to respond.
"K" has a reputation to uphold.
 
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