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When are we to admit to ourselves that we NEED an alternative to flying?

Submitted by Zach on October 13, 2007 - 16:15.

First off, I'm going to admit that I hate flying. The lines, the feeling of being herded into a little tin can and shot into the air, the lack of legroom, the fat man who falls asleep on your shoulder, the babies crying, the layovers... Okay everyone experiences it and I know I shouldn't be complaining, but I've heard that in Europe and parts of Asia it's different. If you need to travel less than 1000 miles without going over a large body of water, you can get onto a super-high tech train with wi-fi access and it'll shoot you wherever you want to go in roughly the same time it would take to fly (including security and layover,) and it costs less!

Sure these systems are government subsidized, but we already subsidize the hell out of the airline, bus and rail system here anyway! Why can't we just get it together and build a futuristic rail system here that is energy efficient, and cost efficient over the long term. There are a lot of politicians talking about a "green" version of the New Deal and how we can help  the economy and ready ourselves for an age in which rising crude oil prices and environmental threats make air and car travel unreasonable. Well if we're going to spend a few hundred billion dollars on projects like this, I say creating a viable nationwide rail service is the place to start!

Here's an article about some people who are on the right track! They're working on a train that uses nothing but alternative energy and backup fuel cells, while traveling at 150 mph!

http://www.plentymag.com/features/2007/10/up_up_and_away.php

This is an issue I'd like to see more people getting angry about. All things being equal, why would anybody want to fly when they could relax with more legroom, less security lines, and surf the web on a train?

VGRAY1085's picture

agreed!

Submitted by VGRAY1085 on October 23, 2007 - 14:02.

I'm in.

...but first, FLY TO CLEVELAND TO SEE YOUR GRANDMOTHER!

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