Sunday, May 6, 2012

High Speed Rail

California is building a high speed rail line that will allow passengers to travel from downtown Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and forty minutes!  In other words, once this line is complete people living in Los Angeles will be able to commute to work in San Francisco or vice versa.

I love the train and am excited that the United States will finally catch up to the level of infrastructure that other countries possess.

California's high speed rail line will be the largest public infrastructure project in United States history.  Some of the highlights of the project include:
  • 800 miles of track being laid down
  • Trains traveling at speeds up to 220 miles per hour
  • $42.6 billion spent to make this thing happen
The group overseeing the construction just noted that the train passed a round of environmental tests.

In theory, construction on the high speed rail line will begin in the second half of 2012 in California's Central Valley.

Here is a video that contains more information about the project:

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I can't wait to ride on this train!

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  1. That sounds like quite an extravagant project, but it also sounds like a good one.

  2. A lot of money spent on this, but I guess its well worth it. They should expand it down to San Diego.

    1. I would rather the money be spent on something like this rather than another ballpark.

      Also, it will go to San Diego by way of Escondido.

  3. Sounds like an ambitious project, and probably also viewed as a way to stimulate local economies. Not sure I'd like a 2 hour 40 minute commute, but nonetheless it opens many opportunities up to people in those areas.

  4. Sounds like an awesome project. Is anyone building that China train car design at all which doesnt stop at any station?

  5. Wow, that's AWESOME. I can't wait to hear news of it nearing completion!

  6. DAMN! Sounds great! It is quite ambitious, and I think it'll need quite a lot of quirky people sitting down and actually make it happen without wasting gazillions of dollars...

  7. This really is great news for California. Man I love your state, it's one of the best places in the world to be at in my opinion.

  8. Sounds just awesome, thanks for sharing!

  9. I had no idea, and I now live in the Central Valley.