Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Vision for High Speed Rail --A Real Challenge for Change

When it comes to high speed rail, put me down in the plus column. I rode the Acela Express train from Washington, DC to New York more than 100 times. I really liked it, kinda sorta. The train does zip along nicely from north of Baltimore to Wilmignton, DE.  But after that, your are going the same old speed of any Amtrak train. Why? There is a speed limit and the tracks are antiquated.  At most you are going 95 miles an hour.  Meanwhile you can travel all over Europe and zip along at one and half times that speed all over the place. This is the American we live in today.

I am old enough to remember what it was like to drive from Philadelphia to Miami on the old U.S. Route 1. This was before Interstate 95.  It was grueling.

The idea of zipping along around a 180 miles an hour from Washington to New York does get me excited. Better yet, how about a bullet train from Allentown, PA to New York. A route like that would allow people to live in the country and work in the city.  The bullet train would make the Allentown-NYC commute shorter than the typical commute from Long Island to downtown NYC.

I can dream.

I will be keeping my eyes on the development of any high speed rail system. Why? Because high speed rail spells investment opportunity.

Just remember, people were afraid of electricity and the automobile when they were introduced.

Don't stick your head in the sand, or waste your time being a "nay-sayer". Think about profiting from change and innovation.

The video is worth watching. If you like text and need more color you can zip on over to the White House Blog and catch-- A Vision for High Speed Rail.

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