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France knows how to build a great railroad – California HSR

As I always say, American transport policy is held hostage. Although no additional evidence is needed, I direct your attention to the latest news concerning development of HSR lines to serve California’s major population centers. 

France will be taking a lead role in this because… well, you can figure that out for yourselves. I appreciate the cordial, and I hope mutually beneficial, cooperation on this developing project. 

France 24 reports:

California is on track to build a high-speed rail network using French technology and know-how.

The project will cost California 95 billion dollars, in a country that is still largely dependent on road and air travel.

State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “America’s railroad system is no faster than it was 100 years ago and still runs on that old system.

“We need to do what other countries are doing. All over the world there are trains that go at 400 km/h.

“We need to do the same in this country, and especially in California.”

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

6 Responses

  1. Cal says:

    That is not our choice yet…We the taxpayers will buy what California needs..We have a Seimens plant here ..and We should buy ICE trains
    not French..They work better with our multi-system trains into SF and Los Angeles

  2. “…We need to do what other countries are doing. All over the world there are trains that go at 400 km/h.”

    Really? That’s news to me. Can someone tell me where such trains are running?

  3. Allan says:

    I had the same reaction as Laurence … Where are trains running this fast on scheduled routes.

  4. Cal says:

    IT was a mistake on his part!!! you know that MPH to KM conversion thing!! but we are going to have some nice trains here in Cali!!

  5. Allan says:

    400 kph is still about 240 mph … and I don’t know of any scheduled HSR trains running that fast. They normally top out at about 180-200 mph on flat stretches between stops.

  6. Cal says:

    No Where and the projected top speed of CaliHST is 220MPH in the Central Valley segments..outside of that its 150 and below .I will take that anyday.!!

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