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The US Administration advocates a high-speed rail system for the US

My Liberal blogging colleague David Graham, who is also a train enthusiast (and probably the best known advocate of increased rail transit on the Canadian blogosphere), will no doubt be pleased to hear this announcement. I’m guessing he and others like him who believe in rail mass-transit are hoping some politicians north of the border will take notice:

What we’re talking about is a vision for high-speed rail in America. Imagine boarding a train in the center of a city. No racing to an airport and across a terminal, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac, no lost luggage, no taking off your shoes…. Now, all of you know this is not some fanciful, pie-in-the-sky vision of the future. It is now. It is happening right now. It’s been happening for decades. The problem is it’s been happening elsewhere, not here…Building a new system of high-speed rail in America will be faster, cheaper and easier than building more freeways or adding to an already overburdened aviation system –- and everybody stands to benefit.

Here is a related video (H/T Woman @ Mile 0) on the announcement:

As a person who loathes flying and who doesn’t drive, I’m hoping this gets noticed north of the border as well, because I’m a big believer in passenger rail transit as well, since that’s been my main mode of transportation over the years.

5 comments to The US Administration advocates a high-speed rail system for the US

  • Out of Afghanistan – there’s a pile of wasted money there. Good to see Iggy parroting NDP policy ideas. But Iggy should give credit where credit is too, instead of pretending it was his idea.

  • TofKW

    Mike wrote:
    “Bread and Circuses Scott. Where is the money going to come from? That is the real problem.”
    – – – – –
    The money comes from funds NOT required to build new highways / increased lane numbers. People have no idea of the money involved in highway construction and maintenance, and gas taxes don’t come close to covering the costs. Study the old ICC and current STB reports. Taxpayers need to understand that highways are not free, they are subsidized to the hilt. Conservatives (real ones, not like Harper’s zombies or the GOP) should be all over this to curb out of control transportation spending. Rail travel as an alternative is a real bargain, which is why Prez Obama’s advisors are advocating it.

  • JimmE

    Here is a link with the route map:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/17/high-speed-rail-routes-th_n_188120.html
    We in Canada need to GET ON BOARD with this as you can see New York to MONTREAL, NY to BUFFALO, & Chicago to Detroit.
    Just so you know, one of the reasons for an original 6 NHL Teams; one could make the Road Trip Boston-NY-Montreal-TeOh-Motown-Chicago on fast trains.
    Mike, both levels of government have supported Road & Air travel & allowed Rail to be Freight Fist. Reallocation of priorities is what we need. Perhaps we could cancel some of the present PM’s Gi-Joe toys, failing that perhaps we can collect on some of the performance fines we are not now collecting on the SEA KING replacements.

  • JMR

    I’m all for an improved rail system as we travel by train several times a year. Being retired we have time for rail travel and given the choice I prefer the more leasurely journey by train. You arrive downtown and don’t have the hassles of air travel. At a town hall last year I submitted the suggestion that we have a dedicated freight line from coast to coast

  • Bread and Circuses Scott. Where is the money going to come from? That is the real problem.

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