Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More About California High Speed Rail

This site discusses intra-CA high-speed rail options. As I said in the previous post, the idea of trains have been around for decades as CalTrans has tried to alleviate traffic congestion and the AQMD has tried to alleviate smog. Probably as long as Disneyland has had the monorail. Folks wonder why Disney could do it in the 1950's but we can do it today.

Californians are willing to put their money where their mouths are...in November of 2008, they passed the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act that read:

“To provide Californians a safe, convenient, affordable, and reliable alternative to driving and high gas prices; to provide good-paying jobs and improve California's economy while reducing air pollution, global warming greenhouse gases, and our dependence on foreign oil, shall $9.95 billion in bonds be issued to establish a clean, efficient high-speed train service linking Southern California, the Sacramento San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with at least 90 percent of bond funds spent for specific projects, with federal and private matching funds required, and all bond funds subject to independent audits?”
The web site doesn't show anything about the Anaheim to Las Vegas route, but has maps, travel info, and simulations of what it would look like taking the train from San Diego to San Francisco.

The OC-LV train is being touted as mag-lev (magnetic levitation) but will probably be steel wheel construction as the French and Japanese implementations. Those are much less expensive to construct.

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