More Mass Transit Systems

  • metta

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    Mar 10, 2011 1:02 AM GMT



    Ask your Senators to support high-speed rail
    http://www.madfasttrains.com
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    This would really be useful only for connecting coastal cities to each other (Boston-NYC-Philadelphia-DC-Charlotte-Columbia-Atlanta-Miami corridor in the east coast, and San Diego-LA-San Francisco-Sacramento-Portland, OR-Seattle on the west coast).

    And even then, not practical given the automotive industry being supported by the federal gov't at the expense of all things logical.

    At least until low grade unleaded is retailing for over $12/gal.
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I think high speed rail could save the country. It would create jobs to build, maintain and staff the trains, help lower fuel prices and plane fares and help us traverse the country easier. I'd so much rather take a train across the country or down the east coast than fly.
  • metta

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    California is working on plans for one:

    http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/
  • NursePractiti...

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    Mar 10, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    Our teabagger governor just canned ours. The studies he cited all came from right wing groups who seem to want government out of everything except a woman's body, gay marriage, caring for homeless children, etc. You get the idea. They're even cutting our teachers in Florida. Education is NOT a high priority with this group and we were already suffering. Welcome to the new revolution.
  • metta

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    Jul 25, 2013 6:45 AM GMT
    YIKES - but not like this one:

    Beijing Subway, Line 13, morning rush hour




    Or this one
    Mega Block 31st Dec 2012 (Mumbai Local Train)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 27, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    We definitely need another form of transportation for the US. We cannot keep paving over more of our great country, it is time to get away from the automobile and develop a system of high speed rail lines. This will help cut traffic congestion, reduce environmental pollution and most important save thousands of lives a year that would otherwise be needlessly lost in car accidents. If properly designed and implemented, high speed rail could pay for itself in the long run. Limited access superhighways never pay for themselves unless they are toll roads. Otherwise they are a heavy financial drain on taxpayers with continuous maintenence and repairs.
  • CityofDreams

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:09 PM GMT
    metta8 saidCalifornia is working on plans for one:

    http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/


    They keep pushing this project back. Initial projection for completion of phase 1 (LA-SF) was 2020, it has now been pushed to 2029. It will probably be done in the 30's.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    CityofDreams said
    metta8 saidCalifornia is working on plans for one:

    http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/


    They keep pushing this project back. Initial projection for completion of phase 1 (LA-SF) was 2020, it has now been pushed to 2029. It will probably be done in the 30's.
    The smart thing to do is to divert allocated federal money from that unneeded I-69 NAFTA superhighway project from Indianapolis to the Rio Grande and use it on California's high speed rail system to hasten its completion. It is time to invest in other modes of transportation and stop squandering tax dollars on more interstate highways.
  • CityofDreams

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    Jul 27, 2013 4:44 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    CityofDreams said
    metta8 saidCalifornia is working on plans for one:

    http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/


    They keep pushing this project back. Initial projection for completion of phase 1 (LA-SF) was 2020, it has now been pushed to 2029. It will probably be done in the 30's.
    The smart thing to do is to divert allocated federal money from that unneeded I-69 NAFTA superhighway project from Indianapolis to the Rio Grande and use it on California's high speed rail system to hasten its completion. It is time to invest in other modes of transportation and stop squandering tax dollars on more interstate highways.


    Yup, I agree. High speed rail systems are the future, so we need to stop investing in the flawed car culture. My main concern is America's obsession with suburbia. We need to claim back our urban environments. This country hasn't created a 'downtown' since early-20th century.
  • metta

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    Jul 30, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    Alert! This is the First Train to Glide Through Santa Monica Since 1953


    http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/expo_line_extension_santa_monica.php