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California's Future High Speed Rail

On November 4, Californians voted in favor of a new high speed rail system that will carry passengers the 800 miles from Sacramento to San Diego. Since, according to canada pharmacy the High Speed Rail Authority, California is the 12th largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world and transportation accounts for 41 percent of those emissions, this news is very exciting.

The High Speed Rail Authority states that the http://www.bsd-berlin.de/mexico-viagra lowest propecia 1 mg trains will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12 billion pounds a year, will create 450,000 jobs and will reduce dependence on foreign oil by 12.7 million barrels a year. The high speed trains will use 1/3 the energy of air travel and 1/5 the energy of car travel and construction is set for 2011.

Those opposed to the train are suspicious of the energy savings and fear that tax payers will pay more than has been estimated. But removing cars from the congested highways of California's cities and offering a quick and more environmentally-friendly alternative to flying can only bring positive change. Even if the results aren't as great as the estimates, California, and the planet, are ultimately going to benefit from this project. I can't wait until high speed trains come to more parts of try it buy real cialis the country.

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Great train
written by litteuldav, November 13, 2008
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written by EV, November 13, 2008
The High Speed Rail Authority states that the trains will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12 billion pounds a year, will create 450,000 jobs and will reduce dependence on foreign oil by 12.7 million barrels a year.

Call me skeptical of the numbers on all counts. Especially the 450,000 jobs number.
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written by Richard Kaye, November 13, 2008
LA and SF are about 400 miles apart, not 800.
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You're both wrong
written by brent, November 13, 2008
It's 505 miles according to google maps. That's Sacramento to San Diego (not LA, not SF)
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Other advantages of trains
written by David Keech, November 13, 2008
Trains are more comfortable than planes.
Trains are faster over short distances (up to about 400-500Km) thanks to which is better viagra or cialis less time being wasted in check-in and security.
Trains can have the main station right in the middle of the city.
Trains can carry more people than planes.
Trains have no restrictions on using electronic devices.
Trains allow you to keep all your baggage with you.
Trains don't suffer from turbulence.
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Trains are good but...
written by TrainsAreGood, November 13, 2008
It's great that CA is going the High speed train route but... the stupid thing is that special and different tracks in every state each with different trains doesn't solve the bigger problem. We need a nation wide high speed MagLev something that can go coast to coast at over 250mph. Plus they need to have a system that doesn't stop at every little burg along the way...

this is the kind of system would compete with airlines and could move a lot of people

There is a system being proposed in japan that has little shuttle cars the link up with a passing by train then the www.smartersecurity.com car drops off the back when people need to depart. The whole point is http://jaygalbraith.com/online-levitra-cheap there is no need to stop. This allows access points along the way but maximizes speed and energy.
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written by Julie, November 14, 2008
When you read the business plan on the website, it's 160,000 construction jobs, and 320,000 permanent jobs by the year 2030 (when they plan on the system to be finally done...seriously 22 years??). It looks like they'll have different type trains..some that will travel the long routes exclusively with virtually no stops, and some that will only run short routes. Will people actually use it? It all depends on how easy it is to get around the city of destination once you arrive at the train station...if it's convenient and easy to then transport around the city, then people will use it.
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good idea
written by bobbobberson, November 14, 2008
In Europe and Japan HSR trains tend to http://www.enshift.com/how-much-levitra dominate the market share of how strong is 5 mg of cialis any distance below 3 hours. The Sanfran to SanD is 3 hours and look there buy viagra now 50 minutes. Everyplace else on http://www.drk-dillenburg.de/cheap-viagra-on-line the line takes less time to get to. I think people will flock to this system because of further airline problems.

As for the costs I would love to see if this whole project is cheaper than the actual costs of building the airports at every one of those cities.
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Some figures, some more details
written by Matthieu Desiderio, November 14, 2008
Market shares question: this is right, HSR takes over plane on medium/short distances. Examples below:
- Paris-Brussels: 1h22, 100% train
- Paris-Lyon: 1h55, 90%/10%. The 10% people flying are mostly on connecting flights to and from international long haul flights. Air France now offers train flight tickets in partnership with SNCF, the French national railways operator.
- Paris-Marseille: 3h05 to 3h18, 60%/40% to 70%/30% the distance is critical and Marseille airport serves Orly airport in Paris, quite convenient - small airport to small airport, low delays.
- Paris-London: 2h15, around 80%/20% - mostly connecting flights on British Airways Air France shuttle for business people.
- Paris-Strasbourg (new east HS line): 2h17, they reached 60%/40% quite quickly and it tends to buy kamagra 80%/20%...

My comments on other issues will be continued in a next post.
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It's about time...
written by Misoh Orney, November 14, 2008
But 22 years to be completed? That's dragging it out a bit isn't. Bureaucracy at it's best. Ridiculous.
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Typical politician bull
written by jello5929, November 14, 2008
Sacramento to San Diego?

Sounds like a fast way for lazy politicians to get to the beach.

That's not the heart of the long distance commute in CA. SF to LA. That's where the real demand will be.
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written by Big Bustard, November 14, 2008
Problems abound with passenger rail, and that's why only governments attempt it.
1. They only go where the tracks are.
2. Ongoing maintenance costs are HUGE due to the nature of the cargo (people.)
3. Scheduling is difficult due to thin ridership and local service requirements.
4. Profitability is elusive and NEVER justifies the levitra canada online pharmacy huge capital requirements. I can't imagine return on investment, after factoring opportunity cost of capital, risk, inflation, and other imponderables EVER rising above negative 10%.

But when you are using other people's money, pie in the sky is buy ultram online overnight very tasty indeed.

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written by EV, November 14, 2008
But 22 years to be completed? That's dragging it out a bit isn't. Bureaucracy at it's best. Ridiculous.

It's the environmental impact statement. ;D
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noise pollution
written by bobbobberson, November 14, 2008
I was curious about that previous comment about the environment impact statement. How much noise pollution will a 125 MPH train make? How might NIMBY types prevent the train from going near their property due to the noise.

One thing that might minimize the noise is the fact that the trains have dedicated rails and they do not have to stop (which makes without having to blow their whistle at every crossing as I hear trains even though I'm miles from the tracks).
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written by j, November 15, 2008
The 800 mile comment refers to viagrabest viagra the entire system not the distance between the main segment "SF to IRVINE" 502 miles. Plus the "LA to SD branch via Riverside" 167 miles. Plus the third leg from Merced to SAC 110 miles. total 779 miles plus misc. That is where the 800 mile system comes from
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written by Roger Hiles, November 15, 2008
The worst traffic problems in California are with commuting by car within metro regions, not travel by plane or car from one part of best tramadol prices the state to another. I think it would have made more sense to build or expand commuter rail systems, and then connect them with a statewide HSR system.

But now that we've decided to build the connector parts first, the real question now is how this inter-city system will affect plans for commuter rail-- it seems likely this HSR system will soak up most Federal and price check 50mg viagra State funds available in California for rail for at least the http://www.shoreacres.net/purchase-of-cialis next 22 years.

The critical need is for a comprehensive network of local rail for commuters. I just hope this doesn't have to wait until 2030 for begin construction!
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written by Mr. Lee, November 16, 2008
The high speed rail will go through the rural san joaquin valley. Already the fastest growing area of California, high speed rail will only encourage an influx of Los Angeleians and Bay Area folk to move into the valley with its cheaper housing? So what? more sprawl. less agricultural land. more development and more environmental degradation.

As for California being 12th largest producer of CO2, we have a large state. Per capita is more important. You'll find that we are doing pretty well as far as America goes on that measure. Of course, if you really want to go green, live like a rural East Indian.
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written by j, November 18, 2008
No matter how you slice it this is a very good investment for California. The system is designed well to buy cheap cialis serve the state. express trains between sf and la will compete against the shuttle flights and regional trains will connect the under served and faster growing central valley/high desert/ inland empire areas to the bay and La metro areas. Ticket prices will be bases as they are now on only for you levitra prescriptionsgeneric levitra sale train and airlines with a variety of fares ,
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written by jtatarazuk, November 18, 2008
No matter how you slice it this is a very good investment for California. The system is designed well to serve the state, Express trains between SF and LA will compete against the shuttle flights and similar levitra the regional/limited trains will connect the under served and faster growing central valley/high desert/inland empire areas to the Bay and LA metro areas. Ticket prices will be based as they are now on train and airlines with a variety of fares: internet only fares/advanced purchase/multi ride tickets/ monthly passes/ economy/business anf first class/ express, local, and regional trains. So there will be a price range and trip type to meet everyones needs. The initail main line LA to SF is schedule to open in 12 years in 2020. The completed system including San Diego and Sacramento in 2030. In addition to the fares and ridership numbers keep in mind that this is a core system upon which future generations can build. This also helps connect the inland communities to the airports for long distance flight via code sharing. Chicago to Fresno via SFO on a "thru fare" plane-train ticket. As for the jobs and economics, not only will this create construction and operations jobs, but it will stimulate the free sample viagra without prescription local economies of the adjacent cities creating additional jobs. In addtion to wffisher.com that it is easily adapted to both heavy freight as well as package express, and mail delivery contracts generating additional revenue. All in all the nay sayers just don't understand the big picture. As someone who works in the railroad industry I can tell you this will be a very good investment in the long run. Also, the younger generation is levitra dose all for it and when the bond payments come due they will foot the bill so it works out just right. Our job is too have the vision to get it moving.
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written by j, November 18, 2008
In response to the above comment about funding the local commuter rail/transit money for hsr includes upgrades for local transit to better feed it into hsr. the initial bond includes nearly a billion dollars for existing agencies to be divided among metrolink/metro/bart/capital corridor/ACE and so forth. HSR will be a state/federal/private partnership and local transit will continue to be funded as it currently is with local
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written by j, November 18, 2008
local taxes and federal matching funds.

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