Maryland of course being one great big SANCTUARY STATE----AKA one great big global corporate FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE staging for massive global factories exporting products overseas------
Let's consider whether all that HYPE around these '21st century' transportation policies ----REALLY include PUBLIC TRANSIT opportunities even as goals of MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD DEEP DEEP REALLY DEEP STATE is to isolate/contain global labor pool onto movement on those global corporate campuses they may work (until robotics and artificial intelligence take those jobs)
RUNNING FREIGHT AND PASSENGER HIGH-SPEED RAIL WILL COME WITH 'BIG PRICE
We are SURE what will indeed be a high-speed rail traveling along US coastlines some mid-west connections will be only about moving FREIGHT. These rails will become FREIGHT SPECIFIC. Does that mean a pod of corporate workers will not be transported this way? Why do that when air is just as convenient.
ARE THESE HIGH-SPEED RAIL TOTALLY PRIVATELY FUNDED? OF COURSE NOT----FEDERAL FUNDING JUST AS IN NEW DEAL PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT.
So it is possible to run both freight and passenger on a high speed line? Yes, provided the line is specifically designed to accept them both from the outset, and provided the capacity can be split in such a way that the two different types of train have minimal interaction. However, running freight on a high speed line involves a significant number of compromises, some with big price tags attached, so it is not to be considered as a “free gift”'.
Can high speed trains and freight services share same tracks?
By Jeff Hawken on 18 Dec 14
The most significant difference between high speed passenger trains and freight services is – of course – speed. When passenger and freight services wish to share the same tracks, you have to consider both the technical aspects and the capacity issues.
When designing a new high-speed line, the minimum radius of the curves will be determined by the desired line-speed. In order to minimise rail wear, and provide a smooth and comfortable ride for the passengers, the outer rail of the pair of tracks is usually elevated above the level of the inside rail. This is known as “cant”, and in Europe it is usually measured in degrees, i.e. the angle of elevation of one rail above the other. In US terminology, “cant” is known as “cross level” and it is measured as a height difference, rather than an angle.
Put simply, the theoretical aim is to achieve a balance between the centripetal force of the train being pushed outwards around the curve, and the gravitational force pulling it inwards, at the speed at which the passenger train will normally transit that section of track. If the track designer achieves this, then the train ride will be smooth, and the wear on both the rails and the wheelsets of the train will be minimized.
It gets much more complicated if you add freight trains into the equation. Whereas the passenger train might be travelling at 300 kph or more, the freight train is likely to be travelling at 120 kph or even less. So when the freight train tries to go around this curve, the wheel flanges will be continually grinding at the lower rail head, as the gravitational force pulling the train downwards greatly exceeds the centripetal force, because of the lower speed. The result is significant rail wear, and the need to inspect and replace rails much more frequently.
Another technical issue is the design of the trackbed drainage. When building a new line, it is necessary to consider the consequences of any derailment which might release hazardous goods into the environment. So the drainage of the line has to include catch ponds to prevent any such spillage from entering the public drainage system. However if you design for passenger trains only, the issue of dangerous goods does not arise, so this element of the infrastructure design can removed from the plans.
When designing a line purely for high speed passenger trains, you can use steeper gradients because of the excellent power:weight ratio of the rolling stock. Gradients as steep as 3.5% can be used. This is too steep for heavy freight services, particularly if they are to run at sensible speeds (both for commercial and operational reasons). If the line is passenger only it can be designed to follow the contours of the countryside more closely, whereas a line designed for freight will require shallower gradients, and therefore higher bridges and deeper cuttings.
The big difference in speed between a high speed passenger train and a freight train means that trying to run both together on the same line at the same time consumes a huge amount of capacity. With a modern signalling system such as ETCS Level 2, you can run successive trains at intervals as low as 3 minutes, even at speeds in excess of 300 kph. Imagine you have a freight train in a siding, waiting to join the main line, with the next place it can be looped being some 50 km distant. A non-stop passenger train will cover that distance in just 10 minutes, whereas the freight train will take 45 minutes or more, maybe over an hour depending upon the weight, maximum speed, and type of locomotive. So to run a freight train you would need a gap of at least 40 minutes in the passenger service – maybe more. With the signalling enabling a path every 3 minutes, that means in this example 1 freight path equals 13 passenger paths! Would the freight operator pay for 13 passenger train paths in order to move his train? I don’t expect so!
You can overcome this to some extent by changing the use of the route according to time of day. For example, in Germany the Hannover to Würzburg line is used for passenger services between 05:30 and 23:00, and freight services overnight. Similarly in England the line from the Channel Tunnel to London is used by some freight services overnight, when no Eurostar international passenger trains or “Javelin” domestic express passenger trains are running.
One other option to consider is moving high value parcels traffic in specially-adapted high speed trains. In France, SNCF do this with their “TGV Postale” sets, which move letters and parcels traffic between Paris and Lyon at speeds which match the passenger services. Of course this requires investment in specialist equipment and rolling stock, but it does neatly overcome the issue of trying to obtain capacity for this specific type of freight during the hours of daytime passenger train operation.
So it is possible to run both freight and passenger on a high speed line?
Yes, provided the line is specifically designed to accept them both from the outset, and provided the capacity can be split in such a way that the two different types of train have minimal interaction. However, running freight on a high speed line involves a significant number of compromises, some with big price tags attached, so it is not to be considered as a “free gift”.
“It’s a boondoggle. At some point you have to pull the plug.”
California state Senate GOP leader'
Any claims from STATE OFFICIALS that these high-speed hyper-loop rail structures are being designed for PASSENGER AND FREIGHT-----will end just as this article shows. At some point in near future all this will be declared a BOONDOGGLE-----and any passenger aspect of these high-speed rail will disappear.
California’s $77 billion ‘bullet train to nowhere’ faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
Published Mon, Mar 12 2018 • 12:38 PM EDT Updated Mon, Mar 12 2018 • 7:03 PM EDT
Although it has been dubbed a “bullet train to nowhere,” California Gov. Jerry Brown has pushed forward over the years with the state’s high-speed rail project. But now the day of reckoning may come sooner than expected for the state’s most expensive infrastructure project.
A business plan released Friday by the California High-Speed Rail Authority shows its projected baseline cost is now $77 billion — up 20 percent from two years ago — and it indicated the cost could rise to as high as $98 billion. The opening date for the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bullet train has also been delayed by at least four years, to 2033.
“It appears that they are finally bringing forth more realistic cost estimates and a more realistic schedule,” said Stephen Levy, executive director and senior economist with the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, a Menlo Park-based research group. “The whole project remains in doubt as the costs increase and the funding gap increases.”
Political uncertainty and opposition to the project have only increased over time. A decade ago, California voters approved Proposition 1A, authorizing nearly $10 billion in bond money for the construction of the high-speed rail system.
Since the 2008 vote, though, the project been plagued by delays and cost overruns, and polls show most California voters want the funds to go for something else other than high-speed rail.
The bullet train line’s 119-mile Central Valley segment under construction in the less populated area from Madera to north of Bakersfield is scheduled to open by 2022, and the partial route between San Francisco and Bakersfield isn’t likely to be operational until 2029, according to the business plan. It said planning work has advanced on the 500-mile corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles/Anaheim, but indicated the project remains short of financing to complete all the work.
In particular, there’s cost and various other challenges posed by the tunneling through the Pacheco Pass, which the business plan termed “the critical link between the Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. This tunnels segment, required to connect San Francisco and Gilroy to the Central Valley, presents challenges in terms of environmental planning, cost, technical complexity, schedule and available funding to complete.”
“It’s crazy time with this thing,” said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. “Every time we get a new report it’s more money and more time. It’s a boondoggle. At some point you have to pull the plug.”
“It’s a boondoggle. At some point you have to pull the plug.”
California state Senate GOP leaderBrown, a Democrat who is ineligible to run for re-election, will leave office in January 2019. Brown’s spokesman, Gareth Lacy, said by email: “The governor made his support for high-speed rail very clear in his prepared State of the State address, and that hasn’t changed.”
In his State of the State address in January, Brown said: “Yes, it costs lots of money but it is still cheaper and more convenient than expanding airports and building new freeways to meet the growing demand. It will be fast, quiet and powered by renewable electricity and last for a hundred years.”
In the end, policy experts say the state’s next governor will likely decide the fate of the high-speed rail. The state’s Democratic-led state legislature also will need to go along with it and overcome likely challenges by labor unions. The California Labor Federation’s website touts the project and said the state “cannot afford to abandon high-speed rail now.”
According to state officials, the high-speed rail project has already created more than 1,500 construction jobs in the Central Valley, from building elevated track structures and performing rail trenching to adding bridge crossings. The labor group estimates there will be thousands of additional jobs created due to the project in future years.
But critics argue that the costs will outweigh the benefits.
“You can imagine a new governor with new priorities will just look at the trade-offs being too high,” said Adrian Moore, a policy expert at the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based free-market think tank. “How much are we not investing in the transportation system that people are actually using ... because we’re shoveling all this money into high-speed rail. And that’s just going to get worse in the coming years. Someone has to be willing to go with public opinion, instead of prevailing wisdom in Sacramento, and kill this thing.”
A June 5 primary will decide which two gubernatorial candidates, regardless of party, advance to the general election Nov. 6.
Among the gubernatorial candidates, longtime front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was an early supporter of the 2008 rail bond issue to help finance construction, but the Democrat has since expressed real concerns on the proposed rail plan. A spokesperson for Newsom didn’t respond when asked about the new rail authority’s business plan.
However, Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and former Los Angeles mayor who as of January was in a virtual tie in the race with Newsom, said in a statement he supports the rail project and claims “unlike others,” his position has been consistent.
California Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John H. Cox, the two leading Republican candidates for governor, vowed in tweets last week to block the project if elected.
According to the high-speed rail authority, once the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bullet train is completed it will allow people to travel in just under three hours on the route and at speeds reaching more than 200 miles per hour. Moreover, it said the plan is to eventually extend the system to Sacramento and San Diego, which will result in the high-speed rail system having a total of some 800 miles and as many as two dozen stations.
In the meantime, several executives have exited the California High-Speed Rail Authority in the past year. Jeff Morales, the authority’s CEO, left in June, and others soon followed. Morales held the job for about five years.
“In this draft plan, we show that our cost estimates have increased and we need greater certainty on funding in order to fully deliver the initial Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line,” Brian Kelly, the high-speed rail authority’s new CEO, said in a letter accompanying the 114-page business plan.
Kelly was unavailable for interviews for this story.
“Regardless of what this business plan said, the political and funding reality was that they don’t really have enough money to build what they want to do — certainly not statewide,” said Ethan Elkind, the climate program director at UC Berkeley School of Law and an expert on California transit and rail issues. “Basically they can complete this initial 119-mile segment in the Central Valley, but it will be a bit of a stranded asset until they can connect it at least to the [San Francisco] Bay area.”
Added Elkind: “In the interim, they are sort of looking at a fallback option of just basically building a new rail right-of-way that Amtrak could use and benefit from and make some revenue on it. But it’s certainly not high-speed rail and it’s certainly not connecting the major parts of the state together.”
Lack of private funds
In addition to the $10 billion in initial bond money state voters approved in 2008, California secured about $3.3 billion in federal stimulus funds in 2009 — and has already burned through about $2.5 billion of that money. Last summer, the state legislature voted to extend California’s cap-and-trade program through 2030, but critics say revenue from the greenhouse gas-emissions reduction program still won’t be enough to fund the high-speed rail project.
“It is a horrifically, poorly thought-out project from day one,” said Jon Coupal, the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a watchdog group. “The original proposal said a third of the money would come from the bonds, a third from the federal government, and a third from the private sector.”
Coupal said the private-sector money “isn’t there since no sane investor would ever put money into this thing, and the federal government cut off the spigot a long time ago. So Governor Brown is relying on the cap-and-trade revenue, although that isn’t generating enough revenue to keep this thing going.”
Similarly, economist Levy believes that, as the high-speed rail project’s gap in funding gets bigger and the state moves into a time of more retirements and less job growth, it will become less likely that private funding sources would pick up costs for the bullet train.
That said, Levy thinks that the high-speed rail project has some potential benefits by connecting cheaper housing in the Bakersfield area to the L.A./San Fernando Valley areas as well as more affordable housing along the northern corridor of the system into Silicon Valley.
In fact, Levy believes even the major tech companies would pick up some of their employees’ travel cost for using the high-speed rail since it “would be pocket change in terms of their commitment to housing and environment and getting a good workforce.”