Playing With Politics

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Next Stop: California High Speed Rail

Posted by Roobs on July 1, 2010

As you will learn quickly if you continue to read my blog, I am a huge fan and proponent of California’s high-speed rail project.   In a previous post, i am always excited to see money coming into our state to help move the project forward to eventual groundbreaking and operation.  And one of the groups that is right there as a big supporter of HSR is CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group).

I just wanted to post a quick excerpt on this great research done by CALPIRG on the benefits of high-speed rail and what that means to California.  You can and should read the full report here: Next Stop: California. Benefits of High-Speed Rail Around the World and What’s in Store for California.


As California moves toward construction of a new high-speed rail network, the state has much to learn from experiences abroad. High-speed rail lines have operated for more than 45 years in Japan and for three decades in Europe, providing a wealth of information about what California can expect from high-speed rail and how the state can receive the greatest possible benefits from its investment. Indeed, the experience of high-speed rail lines abroad suggests that California can expect great benefits from investing in a high-speed passenger rail system, particularly if it makes wise choices in designing the system.

The people over at Calitics also wrote an excellent analysis of CALPIRG’s report, which you can read here.

I’m all ready to buy my first HSR ticket.  Are you?


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