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Ripe for High Speed Rail?
18 Jun 2011 08:36 AM
Tim De Chant analyzes the above chart (click within the URL to enlarge) on population density to understand how high-speed rail might work in the US.
The basic message here is that the only portion of the US appropriate for High-Speed Rail, based on population density, is the Northeast Corridor. Europe's population, even when equivalent to some of our states, consumes a much smaller gross area within which rail connections are far more justified than in the US.
It should be pointed out that even within the Northeast Corridor, although those involved contiguous states are highlighted, it is only along the population dense coastal region that HSR is appropriate.
We have stressed many times that the denied justification for high-speed rail in the US is political and promotional, used for prestige and a way to redistribute earmarked political pork. All other claims made by the HSR promoters, including transit related reasons, are specious.