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With the onset of High Speed Rail across the United States the danger exists that high speed trains meeting automobiles, humans and other vehicles at grade can be catastrophic. What experiences and insights does the Department of Transportation have from Europe, Japan and elsewhere in making HSR route interaction with other traffic safe without making it even more expensive then it already will be? Elevating HSR seems prohibitively expensive. . Besides being a passenger on HS Rail and being able to work on high speed digital networks seems like it might be an appealing use of time (besides sleeping or s-x)?
Imagine a High Speed Rail that was built with flexibility in mind. Not only would it speed passengers to a desired metropolitan hub, but it would also carry FedEx and UPS (and similar companies) packages and mail – along with other small freight items – that could enhance and add to HSR’s bottom line. It could carry fruit and vegetables quickly to large markets outside of Florida making our produce desirable. . If you don’t build a formidable transportation infrastructure within the continental USA you can’t possibly effectively deal with exports or imports into the Florida ports that are proposed for investments. . In the end, with 1,000,000 homes (20% of the housing stock) unoccupied in this state and plenty of money (foreign and domestic) looking for places to invest…floating people to destinations outside of the state will not get them to invest in Florida.
The marine highways cannot hook up to the national electrical grid. If the national electrical grid is supported by renewables and green energy (and perhaps even safe nuclear) and some of our transport options - to include mass transit - are hooked up to the grid...wouldn't that be good?
How many and which ports in Florida have experience with the Maersk E-Class container ships? Which ports in the USA dock the Maersk E-Class container ships? The ChinaMax ships are not container ships and are being built in China for a billionaire Brazilian iron ore magnate who ships to China. Is Miami a bulk goods shipping port (iron ore, coal, soy beans, steel etc.)? Brazil does not have a port on the Pacific and there are only 7 ports in the world (4 in Asia and 1 in the UK) that can handle either ChinaMax or Maersk G-class ships but Brazil is building a new port especially for these ships in Acu. Based on the life cycle (when built and scrapped) of the longest/largest supertankers ever built, which ports in the USA can best be converted to handle the draughts, turning radius', cargo, dispalement etc for these ChinaMax ships? I would greatly appreciate your feedback if you are able to answer these questions for me.
South Florida has Tr-Rail and MetroRail. They’re getting an extension of MetroRail to the Miami Airport. They just bought over $100 million in new locomotives and trains. They got $1 billion to start building a tunnel that is expected to cost a lot more (think Big Dig in Boston). They’re getting millions of dollars for port and train upgrades to include dredging. What are they doing right that we in Central Florida are not besides building more roads? Is it because we’re on the wrong team or are we supposed to be in it together in this nation?
Is it possible that Governor Rick Scott cancelled Florida's Tampa-Orlando High Speed Rail line because the planned $1 billion dollar Miami Port tunnel project is known to cost a lot more? I've never seen a tunnel project come in on budget which makes me wonder why the Miami port tunnel didn’t get much media attention? The Boston Harbor tunnel went over budget to the vicinity of $12 billion and the Chunnel (English Channel tunnel) also went over budget to somewhere around $25 billion. Both of those deals ruined some people but enriched those connected to the construction projects. Apparently those now in control of the State of Florida government are aware and have talked about that the Miami Port tunnel project will cost at least $4 to $5 billion? Maybe by cancelling High Speed Rail and giving the impression they care about federal spending they can saddle the federal (as well as state and municipal) governments with future deficits.
One of the chief complaints against High Speed Rail in most of the nation's major newspapers is that the cost of HSR track construction averages $50 million dollars per mile. Building HSR on conventional rail track at grade is supposed to make it a competitive transportation solution (and along with costs and availability of technology transfers of this established technology with a proven "track" record) is a reason why China chose HSR over MagLev. The Califonia HSR route plan is horrendous and reflects - along with the proposed FastLane USA HSR route map - why HSR in the USA is way too expensive and may never be successful. There are too many curves in the California route...VP Joe Biden complained about the two curves that slow the train he has been taking for so many years and California plans on building multiple stops in the same metropolitan areas which kills the whole idea of High Speed Rail. If the fed is going to spend so much taxpayer money, at least spend it well.
VP Joe Biden has been taking trains for around 30 years which is one of the reasons why he is one of the chief supporters and spokesmen for High Speed Rail. Unfortunately the proposed route map for HSR at DOT's FastLane website will never accomplish the stated goals. I know the federal government relies on the state's support but initiating HSR by just building between 2 metropolitan areas is a gigantic waste of taxpayer money. The only people who benefit is the building industry and their supporters. If federal money is on the line they should lay out a continental grid-like routing plan of HSR and negotiate the cheapest per mile track construction rates like WalMart negotiates everything cheaper from manufacturers. Building elevated HSR between Tampa and Orlando is so exceedingly expensive, it's like building a bridge. Where in the more densely populated Japan and Europe is High Speed Rail built on elevated tracks?
Maybe the rejected FL High Speed Rail money could be allocated for SunRail (and a superior Light Rail – Urban Metro Transit system for Central Florida). SunRail and Light Rail systems do not need to be standardized with other rail systems elsewhere in the USA like High Speed Rail. Along with SunRail we can build a test-bed rail system based on parts of MagLev technology – Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) also used in ultra-fast accelerating theme park rides – and we can lead the nation and California rather than follow and with the HSR money reallocated we can employ Tampa engineers as well as many other high-tech people.
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Feb 17, 2011