And like deja vu all over again, except:
1)The Japanese govt. is now 'committed' to investing $5 Billion in the project. (whatever this really means)
2)On Wednesday, Sept. 3, '14 Washington Rapid Rail LLC submitted an application to the Maryland Public Service Commission for the project.
3)(The item I love the most) Rapid Rail is asking state regulators to transfer the franchise rights of the former Washington Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad!!! Really? The franchise rights of the old WB&A? I could rant and rave about this for a spell, but I'll TRY to contain myself to a few items: a)B'more's light rail uses part of the old WB&A right of way, b)the WB&A was basically an interurban line, and c) From this history of the WB&A :
The WB&A absorbed two older railroads, the Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad and the Baltimore & Annapolis Short Line, and added its own electric streetcar line between Baltimore and Washington. It was built by a group of Cleveland, Ohio, electric railway entrepreneurs to serve as a high-speed, showpiece line using the most advanced technology of the time. [emphasis added]
Hmmmmm... Its like deja vu deja vuing all over again!
Okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system...
From this story at WTOP:
A company has proposed building a high-speed train that could go from Baltimore to Washington in about 15 minutes.
Washington Rapid Rail LLC submitted an application to the Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday.
The filing says the Japanese government has committed to provide $5 billion or more toward the cost of building the first leg. The filing also says that the Central Japan Railway Co. has agreed to waive any licensing fees for its "maglev" train technology.
Maglev trains use magnets to float over rail guideways.
Rapid Rail is asking state regulators to transfer the franchise rights of the former Washington Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad.
The commission regulates common carriers that engage in the public transportation of people for hire.
Edited by The Davy Crockett, 05 September 2014 - 05:15 AM.