Wednesday, January 15, 2014

High-speed rail damaging Europe's rail system


From Low-Tech magazine:

The introduction of a high speed train connection invariably accompanies the elimination of a slightly slower, but much more affordable, alternative route, forcing passengers to use the new and more expensive product or abandon the train altogether. As a result, business people switch from full-service planes to high speed trains, while the majority of Europeans are pushed into cars, coaches and low-cost airplanes.

China has the same problems with its high-speed rail system.

Thanks to the Antiplanner for the link.

In other high-speed rail news, Kathy Hamilton reports that the High-Speed Rail Authority routinely stonewalls requests for documents: "Attempting to get information from the High-Speed Rail Authority is like pulling teeth, since they often delay or refuse to give information when it may be detrimental to the project."

This is probably the kind of information they don't want the public to have.

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4 Comments:

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob how do u get to LA right now? San Diego? What mode and how long does it take you?

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I haven't made that trip recently, but if I did I would either fly or drive. Why do you ask?

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget, CHSR estimates are that a roundtrip ticket on HSR would be more than double airfare costs. Even if HSR is built, I would still drive as I can get down there in 6 hours , which is 2 hours longer than HSR estimates for trains that are not non-stop, AND most of all, I can have my car to get around in Southern California where it is very much needed. Laguna Beach, Disneyland, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, try getting to all those places without a car.

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rent a car like the rest of the civilized world

 

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