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US high-speed trains on track again?

steve_bank

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I once heard someone say you;ll have to pry my steering wheel from my cold dead fingers. Cars are part of our male identity. Chevy and Ford pickup trucks have gotten ridiculously large.

Mass transit works well in Portland and Seattle. High ridership. Light rail which is expanding here. When I got to Portland in 1979 I sold my car, got a bus pass, and rode my bike to commute. Got a car when I had to commute too far to a job.

High speed rail to Portland and then the Bay Area doesn't make sense. Flying to SF from Seattle will still be a lot faster.

Bridges and roads are in dire need of maintenance and repair. That should be the first priority.

IMO Biden is putting way too much into one bill. Like 5G for everybody everywhere.

The country is too big and dispersed to get rid of cars.

Ca dd not do so well on high speed rail. They proposed a rail to nowhere, the idea being if it is there people will expand around it.
 

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I once heard someone say you;ll have to pry my steering wheel from my cold dead fingers. Cars are part of our male identity. Chevy and Ford pickup trucks have gotten ridiculously large.

And ridiculously expensive. My brother just bought a new Chevy P/U. Over $70K.
 

steve_bank

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I once heard someone say you;ll have to pry my steering wheel from my cold dead fingers. Cars are part of our male identity. Chevy and Ford pickup trucks have gotten ridiculously large.

And ridiculously expensive. My brother just bought a new Chevy P/U. Over $70K.

Bring back the original Ford F150. No carpets, plain painted steel, and radio optional.
 

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Not high-speed, but right now Amtrak looking at maybe expanding. White is existing, red is proposed new line, blue is expanded service. I was surprised to see the Wolverine line under expanded, as I thought that had a decent number of trains on it. The Wolverine is nice as it is a good deal of Amtrak rail until about Indiana where it goes to Norfolk Southern and the pausing of the train starts. I'm surprised that there is no indication of expanding service between Cleveland and Chicago. The current trains (Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited) arrive around 1 AM to 4 AM (if on time).

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Train traffic is mostly on private rails, which is problematic. Freight companies don't make huge bundles of money per mile traveled, so they need to keep their trains moving. At the same time, it isn't like those tracks have trains every 15 minutes. It is complicated, and would be nice if the systems could be merged together with a better schedule. Building new track is ridiculously expensive (not the track, but the land). Which means there aren't a ton of options.
 
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