Railroad & Accessory Guide
for Designers & Modelers
High Speed Rail in the USA
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Florida's Need for HSR
Florida's High-speed rail is only one part of the Boston to Miami, Miami to San Diego, San Diego to Seattle, Seattle to Chicago, Chicago to Philadelphia high-speed rail system that will eventually be 100% needed when the fuel for autos and airlines either dries up or cost $50 per gallon. Those in Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Florida that turned down the money to build the high-speed rail system in their states just cost their states billions in dollars, and tens of thousands of much needed jobs.
The lack of north-south transportation that is affordable and fast results in the loss of Tourist Traffic to all states along the route, and especially to Florida, which depends heavily on tourism.
Amtrak in over 40 years of existence has not spent as much as the USA does in one-year of highway rebuilding.... Yes, rebuilding as snow, ice, sun, heat, water, wind, traffic, heavy trucking, etc. EATS away at pavements that have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
Gasoline has gone from 17-cents per gallon in 1959 to $3.35 per gallon in 2012-2014 and has hit $5.25 more than once [California mid-2000's], and in other countries is as much a $14.00 per gallon.. The days of punching a hole in the ground and having a gusher are over, the cost of gasoline is about to skyrocket as the 5 billion others on the planet start using it in bulk...
Airlines like Southwest managed to keep air fairs down using USA taxpayer's money, buying fuel three to five years into the future, cutting services, and overbooking, but this too is ending as the fuel contracts are nearly over, and new contracts at the higher cost have to be made.
Cars are becoming EV (Electric Vehicles) and this will help, but not much as companies still insist on people coming to and leaving work at the same hours, which means that unless we double the number of ROAD LANES, there will be no relief..
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