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To: ken21
the initial stretch of construction between Merced and Bakersfield will cost $10 billion to $13.9 billion depending on how it's built.

I can just imagine the droves of people that will be waiting in line to go between those two cities. $10 billion to compete with a trip that would take 3 hours by car. The biggest issues with high speed rail in this country is going to be the ease of car travel and the expense of segregating high speed rail from everything around it. You are going to have to put fencing around it to keep the meth heads from stealing parts of the track. You will also need to build overpasses for every road and then put fencing on those to keep the yutes from throwing things off the overpasses onto the high speed trains.

9 posted on 08/10/2011 9:33:36 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

The busybodies in OK want to build high speed rail between Tulsa and OKC. Some people never get tired of thinking up ways to spend other people’s money.


11 posted on 08/10/2011 9:35:46 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: USNBandit

There used to be, until I think about 1970, a guy who used to dynamite a portion of the california aquaduct in one of the valleys impoverished of water. The theory was he was a displaced farmer who lost his land due to no water in the 30’s after it was syphoned off. I cannot wait for the new vigilante to show up after this albatross is built. I hope they put scoring rings on it too as it would make a great moving target.


29 posted on 08/10/2011 11:29:54 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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