Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the USA

Here's the Obama Administration's "Vision for High-Speed Rail" by map. It's a good one, making clear improvements to the existing Amtrak system. My experience last year going by Amtrak -- delays caused by allowances for freight traffic and lack of internet access were both negatives. All the rest was positive.

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.


the walking man said...

Chicago in 2.5 hours...that would make it a good day trip. Toledo in 1 hour...nahhhhhhhhhhh.

Sidney said...

I'm no fan of Kay Bailey Hutchison because she's waffled on horse slaughter, she was against it, then she "changed her mind," but she is probably the next Texas governor given Rick Perry's recent buffoonery. One bright spot about her is that she favors rail.

Lana Gramlich said...

I just hope (but doubt,) that it'd be cheaper than regular rail. I compared prices some years ago, around a trip from Buffalo, NY to Orlando, FL.
By air; $200 (roughly,) & 3.5 hours.
By train; $475 (roughly,) & 36 hrs.
No WONDER no one takes the damned train!

Charles Gramlich said...

I've only ridden the train once but I very much enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind again.

Johnny Yen said...

That's a nice start, but it amazes me that I cannot-- and still will not be able to-- travel rail to see my parents in Knoxville, Tennessee by rail.

I took the train from Chicago to the West coast a couple of times-- very enjoyable.

jodi said...

I have never used Amtrak, unless you count the train to Toronto--and I don't think it's the same. Hope to try the Chicago run, too.