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Scott Walker asks train maker Talgo to remain open here – JSOnline

I can’t make up stuff this good.

Madison — Governor-elect Scott Walker reached out to a Milwaukee train manufacturer Friday, seeking to keep its operations in the state long-term as he advocates for stopping a passenger rail project involving the company.

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Scott Walker asks train maker Talgo to remain open here – JSOnline.

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

3 Responses

  1. J. H. Sullivan says:

    I agree that HSR is not a good idea for the ORlando to Tampa area. It is only about
    90 miles, and Amtrak runs 1 train a day each way over the segment now. I am worried
    that the new governor of Florida will also shoot down/not support any attempts to
    add to, or improve Amtrak service to the state, which is badly needed, but HSR does not
    make sense to me outside of the NEC. In fact the NEC should not be a part of Amtrak, it
    should be a seperate entity because it’s requirements are considerably different from
    the trains Amtrak should focus on, those that serve the little towns, the elderly, those
    that cannot fly/drive, or those who just prefer a better choice than fly/drive. But
    since Big Oil paid a lot into Republican campaigns, I fear we will not see a good
    ordinary passenger rail system in my lifetime. In the meantime, Amtrak will sink most of
    whatever it gets into the NEC BlackHole.

  2. Andrew in Ezo says:

    “I fear we will not see a good
    ordinary passenger rail system in my lifetime”

    The problem is, an “ordinary” passenger rail system (in other words, something like Amtrak “plus” running at 79mph tops) just won’t cut it in attracting riders other than the marginal riders you mentioned. What is needed is a true high speed (over 150mph) to really attract riders, including business travelers, which will move passenger trains from being merely a public service to one that can compete with (subsidized) airline travel and highways. You need sea change, and ye olde FRA constrained passenger trains like Amtrak runs now will just keep passenger service at 20th century levels when we need 21st century (or rather European/Japanese) operating levels (clockface scheduling, PTC, dedicated track, the whole lot).

  3. patlynch says:

    Out here in the middle of America, what we really need is trains that operate for sustained periods at 110mph. That is not European standard, but it is really fast. You’re actually right about the 79 mph trains. I think it is OK to keep the ones we have but some of the secondary corridors, like Kansas City-St. Louis or Mobile-New Orleans need a little boost into what is sometimes called “high performance rail.” Sadly, I fear much of this conversation is akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Big Oil and airlines set transportation policy.

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