Bullet Train Plan Under Fire
"Among other things, [LACMTA chief Art] Leahy questioned designing the system to run trains every five minutes. 'That's extraordinary,' he said. And widening the corridor to add dedicated bullet train tracks could require taking out hundreds of homes in Anaheim alone, he noted. 'I mean, just crazy stuff,' he said, according to a recording of the session obtained by The Times."
"It 'isn't practical,' to start with that segment said Michael McGinley, who previously headed Metrolink's engineering department and has worked on the local high-speed rail project as a consultant. 'The first $4 billion should not be spent on that little spur. It overlaps and competes with an existing service.'"
Existing service is Metrolink commuter trains and Amtrak Pacific Surfliners.
It's only journalistic shorthand, but I grow weary of the term "bullet train." Maybe that's just cuz I've been hearing it since 1964, when it was applied to the Shinkansen HSR in Japan.
HSR tops the agenda for the April 17 NARP/RailPAC meeting at L.A. No Joe Boardman or Beech Grove this year, but last year's meeting was so interesting overall that I'm going again.
NARP/RailPAC Spring Membership Meeting Draft Program
EDIT: The Michael McGinley quoted in the Times article is scheduled to address NARP/RailPAC.
Edited by WhoozOn1st, 05 April 2010 - 04:19 PM.