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HSR skeptic

2013-02-09 15:25:18.546036+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Shadow forwarded along Cenodoxus: I REALLY hope this idea doesn't fall through like the death star did, a long Reddit comment on high speed rail which captures a lot of the skepticism I have about it.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-11 22:27:17.531797+00 by: Dan Lyke

yep, and an airline network is also flexible and retargetable for changing economic patterns.

I suspect that there are too many big political operators in airlines who could differentiate their plea enough to make more money than a competitor, where the railroad system is just itching for people to suck value out of the process.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-11 22:07:49.27842+00 by: ebradway

Why not, instead of chasing the HSR pipedream, put the same energy behind our airline industry?

What can we do to get the FAA into the 21st Century? Sure, the 787 had lithium battery problems. So did the Tesla. But the supply chain for airplanes is worse than the auto industry. It's no wonder that Boeing got crap batteries. I'd bet Tesla would loan engineers to Boeing just for the publicity. Either that or Elon Musk will start building airplanes.

Shut down the TSA Security Theater and reduce the time to get on the plane. Maybe enforce carry on size/count rules or just make more overhead space.

Bring back the commuter private pilot idea with planepooling. I know plenty of folks who live in Fort Collins and work in Boulder. Imagine being able to catch a planepool that takes 30 minutes instead of 60 minutes driving? And the option is to jump on another plane to the Denver Airport instead.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-09 19:14:41.211171+00 by: Dan Lyke

David Levinson on optimizing high speed rail distances.