Back in September Amtrak unveiled a plan to create a high-speed rail system similar to the trains in China. And the news coverage was carried by all media outlets. It was a multi-billion dollar welfare blip that most of us have forgotten.
Amtrak has big plans for high speed travel from Boston to Washington, DC.
The company unveiled plans to build new high speed rail lines along the east coast with trains reaching speeds of 220 miles per hour.
Amtrak says it will drastically reduce travel times along the congested corridor with hubs in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Amtrak envisions a 30-year timetable.
Do you think a 30 year time frame is reasonable with $117 billion and only 490 miles of train track? They want to lay 16 miles of track per year? That is $238,775,510.00 per mile of track.
China currently has 200+ mph trains and more than 4,000 miles of track and intend to lay another 4,000 within a few years.
Turkey is currently building a high speed rail system. The Ankara-Eskisehir-Istanbul line that opened last year. It costs 40 TL to get from Ankara to Istanbul. That's about $27.
Americans need jobs and building the HS Rail line over the span of perhaps 5 years and continuing from there would be a fantastic plan and major travel improvement for America. I know we have enough men to build 98 miles of track per year.
Amtrak is a Tax supported travel service that likes big grants for little or nothing in return. They have milked the USA for billions and always want more.
I am in favor of giving Amtrak a grant / grants needed for this project provided it builds the rails quickly and gets the trains on the tracks. It is also time for Amtrak to become a profitable, self sustaining venture.
Amtrak has proven it self to be an historical failure at becoming self sustaining.
What do you think about the price tag and time spent for this project? Tax dollars well spent or just more welfare?