Alex Mitchell 
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Re: “High-Speed Rail Is Definitely Green

High-speed rail competes with air travel. 2h 40min from L.A. to S.F. is highly competitive with air travel. When calculating traveling to the airports, and arriving in advance before the flight as told by the airline, and security etc, high-speed rail in many cases will be faster than flying. For some city-pairs, high-speed rail also competes with car travel, and it's definitely faster than driving.
Experience from other high-speed rail systems indicate that prices will be below air fares. Also the 2012 Revised Business Plan calculates with prices for rail rides at 50% to 75% of air fares. There will be a huge ridership. It's because rail is so efficient. A 1200 or even 400 seat high speed rail trainset has much lower operating costs per passenger-mile than those inefficient 120seat jets used in intra-Californian air travel.
The environmental benefits of California high-speed rail are immediately obvious - instead adding much more highway lanes would be much devastating to the environment. And high-speed rail uses so little energy to propel the trainsets, vs. energy contsumption of cars and airplanes. In addition, it's electric energy, that California high-speed rail plans to take from renewable sources, like wind and solar.
On an average of 11 days a year, the air quality for example in Los Angeles County is considered "unhealthy", according to airnow.gov. In California, 12.7% of adults, and 16.1% of children have asthma. Unfortunately, those asthma are still constantly rising. It's a result of nearly exclusively relying on transportation systems that are much more polluting than environmentally friendly high-speed rail.
A different fast, clean, reliable transportation mode called high-speed rail is needed. As many Californians continue to support high-speed rail, everything is looking good, so that as soon as possible, at least the completed phase 1 (Los Angeles to San Francisco) will be finished and will go into service.

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Posted by Alex Mitchell on 09/10/2012 at 3:29 PM

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