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To other countries, what we call ‘high-speed’ rail is more like half-speed | Commentary | Minnesota Public Radio News

To other countries, what we call ‘high-speed’ rail is more like half-speed | Commentary | Minnesota Public Radio News.

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

NARP: National Association of Railroad Passengers

High Speed Rail Program: Fact Check

As high speed rail projects have gained momentum, there has a been a lot of misinformation.  NARP is setting the record straight in the push to bring high and higher speed rail to America.

NARP: National Association of Railroad Passengers.

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

Big week for HSR in Europe

Filed under: International High Speed Rail

Stuttgart’s White Elephant: Germany Spends Billions on the Wrong Rail Project – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

09/22/2010

Stuttgart’s White Elephant

Germany Spends Billions on the Wrong Rail Project

By Christian Wüst

A multibillion railway development project is going ahead in Stuttgart, despite the fact that it offers hardly any benefits for the rail network and the money would be better spent elsewhere. Experts have been warning against the plans for years, but they were ignored.

There are hundreds of little reasons to be opposed to the “Stuttgart 21” railway and urban-redevelopment project. Most of them are trees, which will be cut down as part of the work. Angry locals are now sitting on the branches of those trees in the city’s Schlossgarten Park to protest against the chainsaws of power. And the massive demonstration against the plans, which involve moving Stuttgart’s main railway station underground and turning it from a terminus into a through station, is starting to look more and more like an open-air festival.

 

There is also a big, truly compelling argument against Stuttgart 21, one that concerns all Germans and not just those living in Stuttgart: money. Or, more precisely, the extremely large amount of money that will be sunk into the project.

Current estimates put the costs of building the subterranean railway station in Stuttgart, the capital of the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, at €4.1 billion ($5.38 billion). An associated high-speed rail line to Ulm, a city lying about 90 kilometers (56 miles) southeast of Stuttgart, is slated to cost another €3 billion.

Stuttgart 21 is one of the most expensive transportation infrastructure projects in Germany today — and by far the most controversial.

To address the arguments of the project’s critics, the people behind it have now launched an ad campaign that fires back with supposedly better arguments. When it comes to the trees, this is relatively easy: While 282 old trees will be cut down, it points out, the city plans to replace them with 293 new trees.

But when it comes to the issue of money, the case for Stuttgart 21 isn’t as easy to make. “It’s true that ‘Stuttgart 21’ is expensive,” the campaign posters read. But, as they go on to explain, the funding also includes “billions from (Germany’s national railway operator) Deutsche Bahn, the federal government, the state government and the European Union.”

How comforting.

Stuttgart’s White Elephant: Germany Spends Billions on the Wrong Rail Project – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail

Elections Have Consequences « The Transport Politic

» In canceling the ARC tunnel project, Governor Christie was fulfilling his mandate, bad decision or not.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision yesterday to cancel work on the development of the ARC tunnel project, designed to double rail capacity between his state and Midtown Manhattan, was undoubtedly a problematic one both for existing riders facing increasing congestion on commuter and intercity trains and also for the state’s future growth prospects, which are intertwined with its connections to the global financial center.

 

Elections Have Consequences « The Transport Politic.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Regional USA Passenger Rail

Will We Ever Have High-Speed Trains? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

This is a discussion piece, so surf over and post a comment.

Will We Ever Have High-Speed Trains? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

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

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