The Patriot-News from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania found itself musing over international business developments, and the non-development of high tech transportation options in the United States?
Now, who would be against the American people having transportation choices? (We think you already know.)
Here is part of the opinion piece.
The U.S. government had planned to sponsor a maglev demonstration project, in which Pittsburgh remains a strong contender, but for reasons that are obscure, the funds to build the project were never appropriated, setting back American aspirations in this field more than a decade.
Meanwhile, maglev is gaining increasing attention around the world. Munich, Germany, recently announced that it will build a maglev system from the city center to the airport. More ambitious projects are being discussed from Britain to the Persian Gulf. There is interest in the U.S., as well, but not apparently in the place where it counts the most, Washington.
Meanwhile, conventional high-speed technology not only is improving but is being deployed in ever-increasing miles, particularly in Europe and China, which have major rail expansion initiatives under way.
Already well behind the curve in terms of making the most of rail service, the U.S. threatens to fall well behind the Japanese, Europeans and Chinese in developing tomorrow’s ground transportation systems. This is going to be a huge business as rising fuel prices make air and automobile travel increasingly expensive, and as the world begins to get serious about reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
It is a business the U.S. is going to miss out on, unless it soon begins to make the investments in research, development and application of modern rail and maglev technology.