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Billionaire Carl Icahn Backs High-speed Rail, Would Make Trains in Arkansas –

While I am not optimistic, this development will make life a little harder for some Arkansas politicians. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

Billionaire Carl Icahn Backs High-speed Rail, Would Make Trains in Arkansas –

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, United States High Speed Rail

4 Responses

  1. Adirondacker12800 says:

    From the article: … aims to re-establish passenger train manufacturing in the United States…

    That must be news to the Americans who manufacture passenger cars. They don’t work for companies who have their corporate headquarters in the US but they manufacture passenger rail cars right here in the USA.

  2. Andrew in Ezo says:

    Actually, the cars to be manufactured will be “medium speed” (70-90mph rated), no improvement on cars built in the middle of the last century(albeit which were good for their time). It appears they will be going after the Amtrak fleet replacement and “upgraded” passenger rail line market (i.e. anything above 30mph average speed). Nothing state of the art here, and well within the capabilities of domestic builders.

    more details here:

  3. Paul says:

    What makes common sense will be to leverage our existing rail structure for passenger travel in the near term, raise fuel taxes on all non-commercial travel, and simultaneously prepare infrastructure upgrades to rail right-of-ways to support high-speed trains similiar to europe and asia systems. The American tradition of large automobiles and driving everywhere has to face the reality that traditional petroleum resources have peaked or are in a plateau and will begin a decline. Lord knows that fat Midwesterners such as myself could use a bit more walking.

  4. Craig Anderson says:

    Check out General Atomics. They have a working Maglev vehicle being tested in California. Their project was funded by California to drive truck traffic out of the port areas out into remote areas. A freight ship offloads cargo to this vehicle that then travels at 350 mph to the remote smart port. Trucks and trains then move it to cities across the USA.

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