Saturday, April 18, 2009
Lots of news coverage of the plan (vision?) to build high speed rail from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. A dour note on the concept comes from the Philly biz writer Joe DiStefano.
I'm not opposed to the idea, but I do think that it would be an awfully lot more useful for us to enhance the DC to Pittsburgh rail link. Either way the topography is a big challenge. A DC to Pittsburgh link could be extended to hit Youngstown and Cleveland as well. Problem is of course that from a political perspective, an intra state project has the backing of the state's body politic as is implied by DiStefano's update. There is a lot less political benefit for the state to push inter-state projects. It's a problem that goes well beyond new rail lines.
High speed rail need not be, probably isn't in most cases, Maglev. Nonetheless, the McKeesport Daily News says the plan could be a big benefit for Maglev. As does the Beaver County Times. Maybe, although the new head of the ACCD described Maglev as overkill, although he was talking about it's application to the concept of a future spine line project between Oakland and Downtown. Even former PG DC chief Ann McFeatters weighs in via Scripps on the plans for high speed rail. Though she says maglev has been in the works here for just 19 years... I am pretty sure it's a lot longer than that. At the very least, I have In this old post I put up this image from 1985 when the maglev concept was routinely mentioned.