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  •  The problem with Transit is that ... (4+ / 0-)

    ... because the FRA only has a coherent body of regulations for heavy rail transport, and everything else has to pretend that its heavy rail to run as "FRA compliant", that means that almost all local heavy rail has to work under special exemptions and case by case rules.

    That prevents a large enough market for any specific design developing for manufacturer with the technology establishing an assembly plant in the US for multiple markets.

    The Emerging HSR will at least initially be FRA heavy rail compliant trains, and the built out of those gives the administration time to sort out its regulatory framework for higher speed systems. That gives a single target for a manufacturer to aim at for the majority of the Emerging HSR route miles that will be going into service in the next ten years.

    Progressive Economics Shortcut: just read the billy blog

    by BruceMcF on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 03:48:45 PM PDT

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