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If it would be an incentive for the US to start using its rail system again than I would be all for it.

More trains means cheaper transportation for freight compared to trucks, and less traffic on the highways. Not to mention trains can be quicker, more fuel efficient, and could be the first widespread use of alternative fuels like thorium.
Not sure what you are talking about. Mile long freight trains come through my city twice every hour.
    
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This would be awesome. Would be nice to visit Beijing or Moscow over the weekend.
It takes like 12 hours to get to New Orleans from Atlanta on Amtrak, don't want to imagine how long it would take to get from the continental US to Moscow by train unless they were bullet trains. Even so it would take a while.

It could be a good way to transport freight though. Although I don't know how much cheaper it would be than shipping it over the ocean because of how far out of the way it would be.
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Not interested. Would be interested in high speed trains from Boston to new york to philly to Washington dc
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It would probably also make Chinese goods even cheaper! Most could travel through Russia and by train into the US.
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They should just get some Minecraft players to do it. The tunnel will be built and opened in 1-2 months.
    
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It takes like 12 hours to get to New Orleans from Atlanta on Amtrak, don't want to imagine how long it would take to get from the continental US to Moscow by train unless they were bullet trains. Even so it would take a while.

It could be a good way to transport freight though. Although I don't know how much cheaper it would be than shipping it over the ocean because of how far out of the way it would be.
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Yeah if you live in Alaska... Cool idea but not really accessible to people in the mainland USA. Might as well just fly to Russia instead of flying to Alaska and then catching the train.
No, actually if you live on the West Coast it will be very accessible. High speed maglev trains will most likely be used. By that time we'll have maglev trains that run at a sustained 500mph.
 
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Trains are also VERY fuel efficient.
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This would be awesome. Would be nice to visit Beijing or Moscow over the weekend.

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what about flying then?
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It takes like 12 hours to get to New Orleans from Atlanta on Amtrak, don't want to imagine how long it would take to get from the continental US to Moscow
At 70 MPH non-stop it should take around 55 minutes. Most trains that do this sort of journey does 200MPH would take around 20 minutes. That is just across the tunnel though but non-stop 200MPH from LA to Moscow should take around 18 hours but like kikkO said we should have 500MPH trains by then and it should take 7 hours.
    
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The rail system would be used for freight and not passenger services, I bet.
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