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Amtrak plans 220mph trains for Northeast Corridor

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    News
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    Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    July 09, 2012 | Dave Warner

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour).

    However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality.

    The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston – both about 200 miles in distance – would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the report said.

    READ MORE: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-09/news/sns-rt-us-usa-newyork-amtrakbre8681d9-20120709_1_acela-trains-northeast-corridor-amtrak-spokesman-steve-kulm

    #504994

    swinzo1010
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    2040? I thought waiting for the additional phases of the 70/71 split fix were going to be a long time until I saw this….

    #504995

    Pablo
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    I’ll be 77 in 2040 – pretty depressing….

    #504996

    kit444
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    By 2040 I’ll just teleport there.

    #504997

    Twixlen
    Participant

    Pablo said:
    I’ll be 77 in 2040 – pretty depressing….

    I’ll be d.e.a.d.

    #504998
    Steve
    Steve
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    How long did it take China to build their national high-speed rail system…?

    #504999

    ToddAnders
    Blocked

    In other news, we could be going almost freeway speed in just a few years and it only costs $400M.

    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/04/snail_rail_criticism_dogs_supp.html

    GO, China!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_China

    #505000
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    This plan from Amtrak is an *upgrade* to existing lines and service.

    If Ohio wants super fast rail, then we need to upgrade existing service.

    So we need to build something first that can be upgraded later.

    #505001

    ricospaz
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    2040? I’ll just run there on my bionic legs

    #505002

    ToddAnders
    Blocked

    On rail lines that we don’t own and are currently moving freight that we have been told by the owners of these lines they are not going to give access to?

    There are a lot of places to start, but it was not on a rail line without access averaging 39MPH and getting 57MPH. Obviously, not very exciting.

    #505003
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    ToddAnders said:
    There are a lot of places to start, but it was not on a rail line without access averaging 39MPH and getting 57MPH. Obviously, not very exciting.

    Where would you suggest as a better place to start?

    Right now, our passenger rail system runs at zero miles per hour. Obviously, not very exciting.

    #505004

    ToddAnders
    Blocked

    No, neither is exciting to me, or others.

    We have “free” public land. It rests in the center median of all major roads and freeways. We have millions of Americans unemployed, on assistance, or just waiting for an opportunity to come along.

    This could work, and for a hell of a lot less than $151B.

    We should look at all needs like our own checking account, not some “magic money”. This is part of the wrong attitude of the new entitlement America. Using food stamps to by Coke and donut holes? Should be illegal.

    #505005
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    ToddAnders said:
    We should look at all needs like our own checking account, not some “magic money”. This is part of the wrong attitude of the new entitlement America.

    Who said anything about magic money? If people think money should be spent differently than you, it automatically means they’re entitled?

    ToddAnders said:
    Using food stamps to by Coke and donut holes? Should be illegal.

    Well, that answers that issue that nobody brought up. Thanks.

    #505006

    ToddAnders
    Blocked

    Ok, I knew as soon as I typed it that it would go in the start another tread category. This was about why something could not happen. Larger point: We can build this, and build it right once. If, and only if people begin to think about public money like their own money. I mean, Walker, come on. Maybe Columbus Underground could be better today and started faster if you would have hired $300/hr consultants to give you a strategy and hired high power sales force to blow this thing out of the water. Back in 2001, when you started and we met.

    No, you did this slowly, as a side business and organically made it into a communication board and partial media place. You can’t get where I am going with this?

    #505007

    Mercurius
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    ToddAnders said:
    No, neither is exciting to me, or others.

    We have “free” public land. It rests in the center median of all major roads and freeways. We have millions of Americans unemployed, on assistance, or just waiting for an opportunity to come along.

    This could work, and for a hell of a lot less than $151B.

    We should look at all needs like our own checking account, not some “magic money”. This is part of the wrong attitude of the new entitlement America. Using food stamps to by Coke and donut holes? Should be illegal.

    What is Europe/France spending to build their high speed network? I just can’t imagine it costs this much? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/16/amtraks-151-billion-high-speed-rail-plan-are-there-cheaper-options/

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