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What It's Like to Ride the Fastest Train in the World

Green Lifestyle  (tags: High Speed Train, Sustainability, Public Transportation )

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Just about every industrialized country in the world has effective, high speed rail transportation. The United States, apart from an East Coast corridor or two, does not. And since I've been covering all these 'China vs. US in cleantech' stories...


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Ben O (140)
Friday January 14, 2011, 4:20 pm
China boasts one of the fastest bullet trains in the world. The train between Guangzhou and Wuhan goes 620 miles (1000 km) in three hours. And the fastest train in the US?
I believe it took me nearly the same amount of time to get to Boston from New York last time I rode the Acela Express, one of the fastest passenger trains in the nation. The distance is roughly 1/3 of the Chinese corridor, at around 220 miles.
There are of course many who disagree with me, but I think high speed rail should be a hallmark of any modern, industrialized society. It's incredibly efficient, low-emissions, and can serve to drastically reduce congestion in urban areas. It's a comfortable and quiet way to ravel. It's a no-brainer.
If interested, visit site and watch videos.

Sharon Karson (82)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:39 am
I think this is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, now that we've finally gotten funding approved for creating the modern rail infrastructure, reactionary governors are declining the funds, saying that the systems won't be used and the funds would be better invested in roads that will keep their oil buddies rich.

Ben O (140)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:19 am
Yeah, yeah, but if China can do it, WHY can't we in the so called "developed countries"...???

Naoko i (257)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:41 am
Basically I agree with you, Ben, that the US should have high speed long distance rail transportation. But having bullet trains, and having and using public transportation systems across the country are diferent. And the latter would be more important.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:21 am
I'm in support of rail travel. It's so much more comfortable than air planes and with higher speed it should make the trip enjoyable as well as time efficient. I never knew rail was less polluting and energy efficient - that is wonderful.

Ben O (140)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:52 am
Ladies and Gentlemen; come watch the thrill:
Sustainable Development, or -Drill Baby, Drill!!!

Bruno Moreira (61)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:33 am
thanks for the article!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:42 am
Thank you, Ben. We definitely need bullet trains for interstate in intrastate travel. Air and auto travel are fossil fuel based, which we need to phase out or reduce.

Robert O (12)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 11:02 am
Thanks. It looks like it may be fun, but ultimately I believe it would prove to be a bad idea if it ever came here to the U.S. I really don't think our infrastructure could handle high speed trains. Chances are it would prove to be a waste of money and very dangerous. We can't seem to do anything safely or efficiently here.

Ben O (140)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 11:09 am
OK Robert, if You say so...
Keep saying after me "It's impossible, it's impossible, it's impossible..."
See what I mean? -It's IMPOSSIBLE!!!

Amena Andersson (187)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:58 pm
Time for change. Supporting rail systems would be a good one. Thanks, Ben.

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:12 pm
Pres. Obama wanted to add high speed rail transport here with his stimulus package. It's supposed to be coming to NY but I think the RepublicanTs will find a way to de-rail it.

linda b (186)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:20 pm
I wish some high speed trains would come here, thanks Ben

Trish K (93)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:55 pm
If China builds it we must buy it. I think trains are one of the most romantic and efficient modes of transportation in the world. Cross country trains in america are slow, but I like that. However, they need to become an efficient and a common means of transportation in the USA. I hope we get to build some here. I heard China is bringing us car manufacturing so maybe they will bring the trains back too.

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:30 pm
I agree with Ben. High speed rail is a must for the US future. It should be part of the infrastructure reconstruction.

Alicia N (87)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:40 pm
Oh boy.... I feel dizzy now....... noted with thanks.

Dana R (2)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:16 pm
So it seems that many governors will reject it, saying that it would not be much used. I guess that means that we should get rid of all the airports and airplanes. Someone should tell the governors about that so they can get busy eliminating all those airports, etc. How many years ago was it that these same sorts were saying about the same things about the automobile?

Edward Craig (20)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:37 pm
Why don't we have these?
It's not like flying was still easy and convenient.

Teresa K (33)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:40 pm
Noted thanks

Bon L (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 2:31 am
Thanks for the info.

Ben O (140)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:55 am
OK Folks, just like Edward I keep asking: -WHY don't WE have high-speed trains...???
10% of the military budget would do it, so; -One, Two, Three, WHAT are we waiting for...???

. (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:51 am
Noted, thanks.

Victoria S (19)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:07 am
Fast trains are the future :-D

Karen C (0)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:48 pm
I don't understand why there aren't the trains in California. Sacramento has light rail to downtown but it's only along one corridor and doesn't reach the population in the suburbs. Very few people actually live in the downtown area.
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