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  •  3 C route (7+ / 0-)

    I enjoyed the diary, but I disagree with your conclusions about the 3C route in Ohio. My understanding, perhaps mistaken, is that it was planned to be a Rapid Rail (110 mph) corridor which would generate enough business to leave an operating surplus which could be used to finance further upgrades such as electrification. In addition, the 3 C route would have been a crucial connecting link between the Chicago hub and Keystone high-speed rail corridors, and as such, would have played a vital national role as well as a regional one. Perhaps Bruce McFarlane, the author of the Sunday Train series, will post a comment elaborating or refuting the ideas I have suggested above.

    "Something has gone very wrong with America, not just its economy, but its ability to function as a democratic nation. And it’s hard to see when or how that wrongness will get fixed." Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

    by Reston history guy on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 08:37:19 AM PDT

    •  I may be wrong, (0+ / 0-)

      But I heard that it was going to be a slow-speed rail. Regardless of what the ultimate plan was going to be, however, the project ended up being killed nonetheless for short-term political capital. That's why I'm particularly proud of California.

      •  Slow Rail is a better start than no rail (6+ / 0-)
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        psyched, elfling, AoT, Woody, BYw, Calamity Jean

        High speed rail is exponentially more expensive than the proposed 3C "slow rail" service.  Even though Ohio's 3C project would have been slow at the start, the relatively low cost (mostly in upgrading and connecting existing freight rail lines) would have given Ohioans something most have never had -- experience with rail travel.  Over time the route could be upgraded as money became available and speeds, both for passengers and freight, would improve.  Eventually it would provide a connection for higher speed rail that is expected to cross the state.  

        Just because the money wasn't available for European-type high speeds (the cost is exponentially higher) doesn't mean the project had no merit at slower speeds.

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