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High-Speed Rail in the United States
Transcript of High-Speed Rail in the United States
2) gas-consuming vehicles
3) Raise public awareness of the benefits of high-speed rail
4) Cooperate with other nations with construction experience Paris Laval La Mans Lille Dunkerque Calais Rouen Cherbourg La Havre Caen Rennes St. Brieuc Moriaix Brest Libourne Biarritz Dax Pau Lyon Neuchatel Dijon Saone Grenoble Chamberu Tours Poiters Agen Montauban Toulouse Valence Montelimar Arles London Birmingham Nottingham Sheffield Leeds Manchester Crewe Liverpool Stuttgart Berlin München Dreden Wien Nürnberg Mannheim Frankfurt Köln Hamburg Zürich Malaga Sevilla Cordoba Cuidada Real Toledo Madrid Valladoid Guadalajara Huesca Lerida Barcelona Tarragona Busan Singyeodju Dongdaegu Daejeon Seoul Notice how the proposed places to build High-Speed Rail lean more liberally. The Japanese Shinkansen annual ridership is 151 million. Areas of high population density of the US are scattered all across the country. Most other nations constructing HSR are either much smaller than the US or have their populations located in once centralized location. -Barack Obama is the first American President to support new railway construction in decades. 1) Political Stalemate
2) Regional Divisions
3) Technological and Geographic Obstacles Main Reasons HSR is not more prominent: Political Situation Amtrak in 2010
- $2.2 billion in funds
- Carried 28.7 million people
- That's 13 cents per passenger Highways in 2010
- $42 billion in funds
- Carried hundreds of millions
- That's between 1 cent and 4 cents per driver -$10.1 billion dedicated in 2009 federal stimulus -Since 2011, Republicans have stopped efforts
for more funding. -Because of other problems, Democrats haven't pressed the issue since. Essentially Dead Regionalism Possibly at Play Size to Consider! 1) According to CIA World Factbook, the European Union is less than 1/2 the size of the US.
2) Many American states are the size of entire nations. Texas vs France
268,580 sq miles vs 260,558 sq miles California vs Great Britain
163,695 sq miles vs 94,058 sq miles 3) Again, populations of countries with HSR are more ideally spread out or concentrated. For example, look at China, South Korea, and Japan. Lausanne Brussels Amsterdam Shanghai Ningbo Shijiazhuang Qingdao Jinan Tianjin Qinhuangdao In Service Under Construction Planned Despite being roughly the same size as the US, notice that all the HSR in China is located in the east. 1500 Miles of Rail Total! Notice where most of the President's plan is located. Technology World War 2 leveled most of the infrastructure of Asia and Europe. The mostly untouched United States switched to cars after destroying much of its railways. By Drew Podlewski, Yumen Cao, Victor Rocha, Elena Davis, and Mohan Sha The Atocha Railway Station is the central hub of the Madrid high-speed rail system. The Gare de Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station is the starting point of the new Ouigo route. Cologne Central Station, Germany Support for HSR is very recent. As little ago as
George W. Bush's presidency, there was a big push to defund Amtrak. Ideally, high-speed rail (HSR) connects large cities.
Keep in mind that Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US.
For comparison, Shanghai has 23 million people, and Beijing has 20.7 million. For future reference, Amtrak is the railroad line at the local Illinois Terminal. It is not a high-speed rail line. When they rebuilt, they rebuilt with the newest technology, and what wasn't destroyed was simply upgraded.