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CA Takes Next Step Toward Rapid Rail System

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CA Takes Next Step Toward Rapid Rail System

Postby toolverine » Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:58 am

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... oundup.DTL

The California High Speed Rail Authority board of directors certified the final environmental impact report for the proposed $31 billion project Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

If built, the system would enable travelers to go from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Los Angeles area in under three hours on a train traveling at speeds of 220 mph.

"The High-Speed Rail will connect the economic engine of Northern and Southern California and allow our economy to grow and thrive,'' San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said in a statement.

Voters must now approve a $9.9 billion bond measure on the November ballot in order for construction to begin on the system.

A High Speed Rail Authority spokeswoman was not available to comment on or provide details about Wednesday's board action.
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I hope this happens. As discussed in other threads, CA has lots of transportation issues due to it's large size and it's terrain. The average trip to LA by car from San Jose is about 5.5 hours if you're speeding, so this could be a real boon to everyone.

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Postby outsider » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:05 pm

It's a great thing to have for commerce between the two cities; however, it's not going to help localized transportation problems. Wouldn't that money be better spent on more light-rail systems throughout those cities?
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Postby MoneyMelon » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:10 pm

cncoyle wrote:It's a great thing to have for commerce between the two cities; however, it's not going to help localized transportation problems. Wouldn't that money be better spent on more light-rail systems throughout those cities?

I think it makes sense, since those are the major centers of business in California.
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Postby Thunderstorm » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:12 pm

That would be pretty awesome. Except the first time there's a decent quake, the passengers would be traveling 220 MPH into the side of a mountain.

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Postby kingofcities » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:24 pm

Shouldn't you be riding a bike, hippie?
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Postby kingofcities » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:24 pm

cncoyle wrote:It's a great thing to have for commerce between the two cities; however, it's not going to help localized transportation problems. Wouldn't that money be better spent on more light-rail systems throughout those cities?


I used the light-rail all the time in Portland. AWESOME.
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Postby lancer_man » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:25 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:That would be pretty awesome. Except the first time there's a decent quake, the passengers would be traveling 220 MPH into the side of a mountain.


I just forwarded that idea to Michael Bay.

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Postby DeadFett » Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:35 pm

lancer_man wrote:I just forwarded that idea to Michael Bay.


That scene will now be in Transformers 2.
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Postby toolverine » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:11 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:That would be pretty awesome. Except the first time there's a decent quake, the passengers would be traveling 220 MPH into the side of a mountain.


Meanwhile, back in reality...

All of the lightrail and high speed trains in California have been retrofitted for earthquakes.

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Postby Spidey-Man » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:13 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:That would be pretty awesome. Except the first time there's a decent quake, the passengers would be traveling 220 MPH into the side of a mountain.



:lol:

Excellent, excellent :twisted:

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Postby Allen » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:16 pm

$9 Billion?

Ouch. We already have a $16 billion budget deficit and have passed I don't know how many bond issues. It's time to put the breaks on the spending for a bit, Arnie. You know, like you promised to do when elected.

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Postby toolverine » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:54 pm

kingofcities wrote:Shouldn't you be riding a bike, hippie?


Shouldn't you be crying yourself to sleep because someone slipped a jalapeno in your sandwich?

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Postby The Juan Percenter » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:28 pm

Thunderstorm wrote:That would be pretty awesome. Except the first time there's a decent quake, the passengers would be traveling 220 MPH into the side of a mountain.


And takes a bunch of bike riding hippies with it.

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Postby McKegan » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:33 pm

I want to ride one of those magnetic trains they have in Japan and Germany. Those things sound insane.

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:34 pm

kingofcities wrote:Shouldn't you be riding a bike, hippie?


That's how it's powered.

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