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  • A Sobering Perspective on China's High Speed Rail [View article]
    larry- I agree with much of what you say. However, rail is subject to weather. Look at the cancellations on LIRR and MetroNorth trains (NYC area) during the snowstorms this winter. Also Amtrak NE corridor affected as well... How much due to weather and how much to shoddy maintainence, who knows?
    Feb 21 11:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    robin- global warming is a joke. even if it wasn't, why would there be only negative consequences? Come on, think a little bit...
    Feb 21 11:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sobering Perspective on China's High Speed Rail [View article]
    Having spent time riding the Bart, LIRR, MetroNorth, MTA, Philly, DC,& Chicago rails as well as Amtrak, I can say local rail good- long distance rail NOOOO. Short runs such as NY to DC on the Metroliner are as convenient in terms of price/time as air travel since each end connects with mass transit. But, most other urban areas do not have mass transit on a large enough scale to avoid the need for a car. Yes, we Americans like our cars, and why shouldn't we? We can drive anywhere that a road exists, and on our schedule. No train will ever be able to do that. The "high speed" rail boondoggle that the was pushed on Ohio was to have an average speed of 39 mph. I can do Cincy to Cleveland at 70mph and have transport when I am at either place. One way trip costs aprox $24. The last time I rode the LIRR it cost ten bucks just to go into the city... The only thing long run trains are good for is freight hauling-more room on the interstates and less road damage from the Goliath trucks.
    Feb 20 11:56 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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