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  •  oh my (2+ / 0-)
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    kovie, greengemini

    I may have to give up this bastion of the right to work, Arizona, where the air is polluted, job benefits are severely limited, the taxes are going up on the middle class and the 'independents' think they are just that because they don't watch Fox, but do listen to Rush, and return to the socialist paradise I was forced to leave in '05. Seattle I do so miss you.

    •  If we ever get real high-speed rail in the US (3+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Dirtandiron, Lahdee

      It might someday be viable to "commute" from the PNW to the SW relatively affordably and easily. 200mph trains mean an 8 hour train trip from Seattle to Phoenix, even faster if ultra-high speed rail arrives. I think that HSR is one of the most incredibly underrated technologies that we'd massively benefit from.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:31:44 AM PDT

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      •  Big mountains, no one lives there (1+ / 0-)
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        nextstep

        High speed rail is viable in Europe and Japan, because of population density. (Yes, people who live in the Intermountain West are pretty dense......)

        A high speed rail line from Cascadia to the southwest would run by jackrabbits, sagebrush and a couple of dozen Tea Partiers.

        High speed rail would need Corporate Welfare that usually only the defense department sees.

        •  Enough cities and big tourist sites to support it (2+ / 0-)
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          chuckvw, Dirtandiron

          E.g. Yakima, Spokane/Coeur D'Alene, Boise, SLC, Moab & Utah parks, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Reno, etc. It doesn't have to built all at once. Once built, though, it will not only serve existing needs, but create new ones by making them viable. Tons of tourism/vacation dollars there.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:39:18 AM PDT

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          •  Park City can barely support a city bus (1+ / 0-)
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            nextstep

            The municipal bus system just started running buses between Salt Lake and Park City.  They had tried before, but they were losing too much money.

            Also, our mountains are a lot bigger and Japan's or even Switzerland's.  Tunneling through mountains or dynamiting them to create road bed to run high speed rail is going to create an ecological disaster.

            •  No need to build HSR access to everywhere (0+ / 0-)

              Only to major hubs, which can then branch off to existing or new and less expensive and intrusive lower-speed connections. A HSR line to SLC would obviously suffice for most of N Utah, with perhaps another one to Moab for S Utah and on to Arizona. And it's not like there's a lack of existing rail and highway right-of-ways and tunnels, bridges and viaducts that could be leveraged to build HSR lines.

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 02:09:22 PM PDT

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