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With a new administration in D.C., it's time to think outside of the box because passenger rail's survival just may depend on it

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tackling the Headlines 12

Caltrain eyes providing 'initial' high-speed-rail service
Take: Quite frankly, this type of approach is exactly how HSR service is done in other countries. In major cities, high speed lines are mixed with existing rail lines as the routes approach major stations. Caltrain's effort to electrify its route is not only the right things to do on a cost basis, but it's also the wave of the future.


China set to slow its trains as South Korea speeds up rail rollout
Due to the recent backlash, speeds are being reduced in the world's most populous country and prices are going down. China's move will allow other countries, namely South Korea, to catch up.

Take: The world's fastest trains should not be priced so high to the point that the Average Joe or Jane is forced to ride cramped trains that the government takes little care of.

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