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  •  That "moderate" speed ... (14+ / 0-)

    really starts to hit a knee in the curve for cargo and passenger movements.

    How about being able to move Califronia fruits & vegetables to the East Coast, reliably and efficiently with near zero pollution, in 30 hours?  Fresher tomatoes with much smaller carbon footprints?  

    Cleveland, Ohio, to NYC in five hours?

    Etc ...

    "Slow" (perhaps 40-50 mph, on average) vs "moderate speed" (that roughly 100 mph) has a huge difference in terms of value of overall service and share of the 'market' where it wins against other transportation options.

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    by A Siegel on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 08:16:35 AM PST

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    •  one of the big problems (0+ / 0-)

      here is that the remaining railroads have been allowed to deteriorate so badly. Any electrification project would also require extensive roadbed rebuilding.

      And in many places, the rail have been torn up and made into bike and hike trails. Pity.

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      by Mnemosyne on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 04:50:44 PM PST

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