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by Adam Voiland
RE: Amtrak Plan
I’d love to see it all done in 3 years, but I’d hesitate about any comparisons to any of the transcontinental alignments, all of which date to a very different era. At the time the major transcontinental lines were completed: labor was cheap (or free), right-of-way was plentiful, viable alternatives were nonexistent, planning was minimal, environmental regulations weren’t around, and “community opposition” has since been confined to reservations.
I’d love to see Amtrak’s plan built out in 3 years… but I’d be surprised if it were even completed within 30.
“I still don't understand how traffic engineers are so concerned about "liability, liability, liability" for any remotely nonstandard design, and then actual, real life death traps are allowed to persist with no accountability whatsoever.”
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