Where is the actual demand for "high speed rail"

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    For proponents of federal funding of high speed rail, my question is where is the demand?

    With the exception of the Northeast Corridor, what cities would benefit from having a bullet train running between them?

    If the purpose of the rail line is to replace road and shuttle flights, what cities have the demand required to justify the expense of one of these systems?

    The only place I see would be the Washington-New York- Boston Route, currently served by acela (not exactly high speed, but faster than normal trains). With the exception of upgrading this route to seperate track bullet trains where else would this work?
     
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    I think the liberoids desperatly want one between LA and Vegas. :eusa_angel:
     
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    If we can turn the space program over to the private sector then high speed rail sounds like it belongs in the private sector also.. saves us lots of money we don't have to spend.
     
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    I think that the demand can be indentified by the current pattern of domestic flights.

    Certainly the NE between Boston and Washington is one market.

    But one thing that we might consider is that good transportation actually creates its own market, too.

    We've seen that happen when we build roads, plenty.

    A backwater area suddenly becomes vibrant when we make it easier to get there.
     
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    Not WE.. Private sector.
     
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    Buid it and they will come.
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    The NE works because of the high population density. But that's not the only formula for success - the TGV in france runs to a lot of smaller locales. I would think we could support one from San Diego-LA-San Francisco and perhaps NYC - Buffalo - Cleveland - Chicago.

    Houston - San Antonio - Austin - Dallas, perhaps.

    In the end, it will require some level of government subsidy - but any other transportation model will require those subsidies as well. Maintaining and adding highways costs a lot of federal dollars.
     
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    There is no demand. It's another of Barry's crazy ideas. Come January '13 you won't hear any more talk about such high speed lunacy.
     
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    i think a rail system with KC and STL as hubs would work well

    Minneapolis, Denver, and Dallas running to KC, Chicago, Memphis, and Atlanta out of STL
     

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