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  •  I would like high speed rail (2+ / 0-)
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    Cynic in seattle, DeepLooker

    but it seems as if there's too great a risk of using our current system. Cars get hit by trains every day. Can you imagine the death that would occur if a single passenger train hit a car at 300 mph, especially in an urban area? The passenger cars will continue for a half mile before they stop moving. Shrapnel will fly for another 1/2 mile in every direction. You have to build a new, dedicated rail line that's secure from outside forces.

    •  "Secure from outside forces" = grade separated. (2+ / 0-)
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      Garrett, SarahLee

      We built the Interstate network without a single intersection. We can do the same for the current rail network. Overpasses are not sexy, but they get the job done.

      As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

      by ticket punch on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 08:03:11 PM PDT

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    •  That's an absurd scenario (1+ / 0-)
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      We're talking about going 100-110 in wide-open rural areas. Have you ever been out in Holmes county? No train is going to go 300 mph in an urban area. Just like the freeways, which have lower speed limits in the city, speed are adjusted to circumstances.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

      by anastasia p on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 08:10:50 PM PDT

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