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  •  Not an issue. (4+ / 0-)
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    PeterHug, mint julep, mcmom, donnamarie

    High-speed rail works completely differently from traditional rail. The trains can get up to full speed in seconds. The more communities that are serviced by project, the more people who will use it, which will mean more public support for expansion of the system.

    •  The issue is Time...it takes time for passengers (0+ / 0-)

      to load and unload themselves and their luggage. IF the train has to stop at every little Podunk town it takes up time. Thus defeating the whole idea of getting from point A to point B in a timely fashion.  

      If you look at the Interstate Highway System in Florida you will see many offramps in the middle of nowhere. Those ramps were compliments of lobbying. Enriching those politicians and their friends and relatives  who happened to own the land at that time.  Same thing can  happen in HSRail.

      High Speed Rail must have the politics surgically removed to keep it a viable travel alternative.

      "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, US AG

      by Mr SeeMore on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 12:57:29 PM PST

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      •  So... (1+ / 0-)
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        alizard

        How large must a city be for you to deem its people worthy of having access to high-speed rail?

        I still think you're stuck on how old rail works. Yes, people will use high-speed rail for travel as they do with old rail, but the paradigm shift here has to do with extending the range of comfortable commutes. Instead of having to brave 85 miles of hideous traffic from Tampa to Orlando, someone who lives in one city and wants to work, shop, or play in the other city can just hop on a train with little effort. The overwhelming majority of riders will likely not have any luggage. Why would they when they can just as easily hop back on the train and be home in no time? The stops at these "podunk" towns would likely be 30 seconds or less.

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