Friday, April 17, 2009

High-Speed Rail in America

President Obama, as part of the stimulus package, has proposed investment in a high-speed rail network that would "transform the nation’s transportation system by rebuilding existing rail infrastructure while developing a comprehensive high-speed intercity passenger rail network through a long-term commitment at both the federal and state levels."



Here in Ohio, we are excited about the possibility of the so-called "3-C Corridor". A high speed system that would connect Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati (via Dayton).



I'm excited by the possibility of hopping on a train for a high-speed trip to one of the 3-C cities, perhaps for a sporting event or concert. Connect us to the 4th "C", Chicago, and the idea of a weekend visit sounds a lot easier and more comfortable (instead of after a 7-hour drive).

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At Friday, April 17, 2009 , Anonymous Greg said...

As an ex-Findlayer (now in the land of Cleve), I can't figure out why all the maps I've seen of rail in OH have the Ft. Wayne-to-Lima and the Toledo-to-Columbus lines intersect around Dunkirk, instead of, say, Findlay. There's nothing in Dunkirk to connect to, as far as I'm aware; it's just a very small town. At least Findlay is around 40K people. A connection in Kenton would make just as much sense, too. Dunkirk doesn't, though.

 
At Friday, April 17, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Don't know that area well, but presumably it has to do with existing infrastructure. I think none of these plans are written in stone... Findlay's city fathers need to start lobbying and making their case...

 
At Friday, April 17, 2009 , Blogger Dug said...

I think my comment got shredded b/c I forgot to word verify (it's "sperm" - go figure). Anyway as I was saying connect Cleveland to Buffalo and/or Pittsburgh and we're really going places now! I like the map a lot but would love to see it bigger as my old fogey eyes are not reading it easily.

 
At Friday, April 17, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Follow the links to the actual federal report. There is a pdf file that you can download and look at more closely.

 
At Saturday, April 18, 2009 , Blogger Tony said...

I love that map of train lines crisscrossing Ohio and certainly hope that something comes of it. Unfortunately the many many Ohioans like Joe the Plumber and his unimginative kind will fight passenger rail every step of the way as a socialist plot. Tony http://www.alphistia.com

 
At Monday, April 20, 2009 , Blogger erik said...

That'd be fantastic! I live in Chicago and have in-laws in Columbus. So it looks like I'd have to make at least on transfer to get to Columbus. I wonder how much ticket prices would be.

 
At Saturday, May 02, 2009 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

I wonder how serious high-speed we're talking about here? There's already pretty good Eugene to Seattle, but it does tend to be a bit... stately.

 

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