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post #51 of 94
will this just be like the florida train? aka never happen because government sucks.
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post #52 of 94
Is this really needed? It doesn't really go that far.... and 10b to connect 2 (technically 3) cities? Would be better off slowing down and making a triangle to go to San Antonio or continuing on up...
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Originally Posted by Homeles View Post

I do believe Utah still has an experimental 80 mph section on I-15.
Anyways, $10 billion? Is this really worth it?

And it only goes like 10'
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post #53 of 94
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Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post

Actually some sections of the Autobahn DO have a speed limit but it's something like 150MPH so it's somewhat irrelevant. tongue.gif

Most of the Autobahn is restricted to 80mph. Only a small percentage is unrestricted and you can go as fast as you can.
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post #54 of 94
There's always talk of a high speed rail between Edmonton and Calgary in alberta, with 800k population (+bedroom communities) and 1m population. The talk just never seems to go anywhere.

One of the biggest hurdles I think is the land appropriations. Unless you have some visionary forward thinking politician who set aside land 50 or 100 years ago then there is a ton of private land that needs to be stolen (for a "fair and reasonable" price). A politicians nightmare. And lets face it... visionary forward thinking politicians who think long term instead of next election time scale don't exist.

Part of the 10b cost would be overpasses and raised rails. A highspeed train couldn't be stopping or slowing at every country road it passed.

Fort worth and Houston have higher population together so might be more viable. Must be I guess if they have private investors talking about building this. I wonder what sort of density and or city size it takes before highspeed rail starts to become economical.
Edited by SpankyMcFlych - 5/14/12 at 2:46pm
post #55 of 94
IMO, it is pointless unless you can drive your car on it.
As others have mentioned, public transportation in D/FW and Houston is not that great.
Unless you have someone there at the other end, you then have to rent a car, which just adds to the expense.
I drive to FW a few times a year, and the drive from Katy to FW is just over 4 hours depending on traffic. The thought of having to drive to downtown Houston (or wherever the station is), pay for parking (and worry about it while I was gone) then get on the train and go to FW and then get a ride or rent a car just make no sense.
I guess I could take a bus downtown from the park and ride by my house, but still, that is 15 minutes to drive to that and another 35 downtown. I would be in Navasota by that time.

High speed trains have been thrown around in Texas for 20+ years. There was a proposed completly elevated loop, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and D/FW back to Houston. They even planned for 2+ trains, running in opposite directions (yes, they had a places to pass each other) to reduce times.
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post #56 of 94
Inb4 80% of the construction workers are hired from overseas.

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post #57 of 94
Too bad they can't seem to get 281 North right just outside of San Antonio. They're looking at redoing it, yet again, and this is supposed to be a only a temporary solution. How about we just come up with the final solution. If it's toll roads, then make it a toll road, but as someone who resides up here, I better get a yearly pass or something.
post #58 of 94
Some REAL, thick derps here in England are trying to build the same sort of train that goes from London to Manchester to cut commute time and ease congestion... by 20 minutes. How much? £40 BILLION+

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Quote:
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The drive on I-20 between Odessa and El Paso is always fun. The speed limit is 80mph and most of the time you can do 100mph+ without worrying about being ticketed for it. You still have to be careful though; we almost nailed a cow at 85mph when driving out to Carlsbad once. Hit the brake so hard we fishtailed and everyone flew forward.
lucky you guys some idiotic doctor wanted our city limits brought down from 60 km to 40 for safety of pedestrians. =.=
post #60 of 94
In terms of long commutes, we need to start allowing diesel-model cars from Europe to be used here in the US. Mercedes-Benz has the C180 BlueTech that get's a combined average of 55-57MPG! According to the emissions ratings for Germany, A+ being the best, this car is ranked at a solid A. Instead, let's invest in improving the roadways to accommodate the increase in traffic as well as ensuring smooth transit from city to city, as well as transit within the city.

But that's my .02.

Bullet-Trains like the ICE in Germany work great for densely populated areas, but that's just not the case here.
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