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Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 1) 408

But why would you expand OAK twice? HSR isn't going to Oakland twice - or even once. And how is it "for the record" when you just make up random large numbers?

Airports serve lots of people going lots of places, not just people going from LA to SF.

No one is talking about ridership on this train that's anywhere near 30% of the daily users of those airports.

Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 2) 408

For a small fraction of $68 Billion, it would be easy to solve wait times at airports for popular regional flights. And it is a 60 minute flight, so comfort is less of a concern than for a (more expensive) 3-4 hour train ride.

If pollution is the issue (for green religious types), you could use another small fraction of $68 Billion to subsidize the switch from gas to electric for millions of cars -- that would more than make up for some extra planes.

Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 0) 408

It's more expensive and much slower than air travel. Plane tickets for regional flights are cheap. Maybe your country has weird air travel pricing? And $68 Billion could be used to make air travel more convenient.

Also, the LA-SF train won't be completed until 2029. Trains might not be obsolete now, but they will be before they could ever be widespread in the US.

Comment Re:Welcome Back to DrudgeDot! (Score 1) 408

It would work great if they had built it back in the 1960s. You could get a project done back then, and the land and labor would have been cheap. But we can't go back in time to the 1960s to build it. And now that it's going to be the 2020s, the world has moved on and there are less backward looking alternatives.

Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 1) 408

Long before (the plan says) you can take a high speed train from San Francisco to LA, you'll be able to hire a robot car to drive you.

And it will pick you up and drop you off wherever you are going on your own schedule. It will be a little slower, but not that much because it won't stop in Merced or Palmdale unless you want it to, and because robot cars will be safe on rural freeways at 100 mph at least. The price will probably be less than the price of an HSR ticket (and almost surely less than the cost of the HSR ride) for 1 passenger.

For the environmentally religious types, there will probably be all electric options that only take a little longer because you have to switch cars once or twice along the way.

And there will be cheaper, faster options to fly, of course. With robot cars picking you up and dropping you at the airport.

Or much much cheaper, slower options involving busses.

But HSR is needed because ... um ... trains. Ideas based on emotion or faith are self-justifying.

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