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Efficient high-speed rail networks are already staple of many European and Asian countries. President Obama outlined an ambitious plan today to bring the United States up to speed--literally. It won't be cheap. Obama wants to use $8 billion from his stimulus package for the project, followed by $1 billion per year for five years from the federal budget. But the project is vast, with ten potential high-speed rail corridors in the works: California, Pacific Northwest, South Central, Gulf Coast, Chicago Hub Network, Florida, Southeast, Keystone, Empire and Northern New England. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston, the only U.S. high-speed rail network already in existence, will have the chance to compete for funds.

Obama envisions two types of rail service: express and regional. Express lines will travel 150 mph between major population centers that are 200-600 miles apart, while regional lines will move at 110-150 mph between population centers that are 100-500 miles apart.

As you might imagine, companies are already jumping in to lend a helping hand with the rail network. IBM released a new study in conjunction with Obama's announcement entitled "The Smarter Railroad." In the study, IBM highlights its experience with smart transportation initiatives around the world. Hint, hint, U.S. government.

If Obama pulls off his plan, expect thousands of new jobs, minimized highway congestion, and an annual reduction of 6 billion pounds of CO2. And of course, lots of railroad-happy tourists.

 

FUCK YEAH! we're gonna have some fun.

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/ariel-schwartz/sustainability/coming-soon-americas-high-speed-rail-network

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Now we're talkin', more high speed lines means more freight coming back to the rails= more layups & additional cars in circulation !

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He's gonna need a lot more funding to get this thing off the ground. A lot of existing lines have to be improved to get this moving in the right direction,or else it'll just be another government money pit..and a total waist, like Afghanistan...(my 2 cents)...

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Funny how the majority of rail heads could probably explain the problems with our rail system better than the fools who get paid 6 figures to know their business. Our country is sure fucking ass backwards thats for sure. Where is our money for our studies...

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Almost all the freight on my main line is completely gone for some high speed rail that goes from the north part of my city to the south. Although I am looking forward to that Orlando Miami connector :)

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shit is sketchy, people have been saying throughout this thread but this is going to be fucking sketchy if anybody were to hit one of these up. im sure they will have beast security

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