Semaphore Sam wrote:NOW we're told, 77 billion dollars committed and years late, for a slow train to.. nowhere! Sam
My impression was that the planned line was to be a modern High Speed rail line, something quite common in Europe, where rail engineering has developed steadily. In America rail practice has not developed and is still using the techniques of the past. I have travelled by train in several parts of the US and have always noted how old-fashioned the trains are there, especially how SLOW they are. The international interest in the proposed line in California was that at last a modern rail line was planned. It is disappointing that this attempt seems to have been abandoned. I have no doubt that if there were to be a high speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles - and further - it would attract passengers from the air lines, and probably from the motorways. Moreover it would not emit CO2 and thus would reduce America's climate change liabilities.