April 23, 2014

Md. gubernatorial candidate advocates for high-speed rail

BALTIMORE — Maryland State Attorney General Doug Gansler, the Democratic candidate for governor, said that if he is elected he’ll form a task force to develop recommendations on high-speed rail from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., campaign spokeswoman Katie Hill told the AP.

Gansler said at a candidate forum that high-speed rail would encourage more families to move to Baltimore by giving them a quick, simple commuting option.

According to the AP, the Japanese government has offered to finance half the cost of a Washington-Baltimore line through a public bank as the first segment of a line extending to New York. For the full story, click here.

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  • C.Thomas Boone[ April 26th, 2014 @ 6:40am ]

    This futuristic Gansler propoal actually makes enormous sense. The Japanese government has even offered to PAY 50 PERCENT UPFRONT just to demonstrate that its high-speed rail project which operates at speeds up to 300 MPH is propellled through magnets installed above the cars (not from locotives or steamgh engines) is a far superior alternative to link New York and DC than Amtrack's high speed ACELA trains (which supposedly can reach speeds of 220 MPH, but as anyone who has taken the ACELA knows, the train does not under any circumstancres REALLY go from Union Station to Penn Station in New York City in an hour (I once spent 19 hours on an ACELA train due to track outagages and severe weather conditions without Amtrak so much as offering me a cup of coffee and this was after my friend who had been so gracious as to lend me her Fifth Avenue Washington Square apartment a full weekend months in advance as she was going to be out of town that weekend made an error and returned a full day early - and even graciously offered to pay up to $500 for a hotel these at night but we did not want ot put her out, so we just aaid, no problem, we'll just catch an earlier Acela train). A demonstrtion of the Japanese technology by linking DC to Baltimore not only represents a huge and impressive image makeover for the rail of this portion of the state (if the Japanese are willing to finance 50 pecent upfront, they are oo make sure iworks), it would also give Amtrak some real incentive to either make the ACELA perform or collaborate with the Japanese perhaps jointly build this new link froim DC to Washgton. Moving back and forth from NYC to DC, or to Philadelphia, or Boston, or Baltimore, or even Annapolis, essentially brings all of these major metropolitan centers under one very quickly navigible umbrella - would open the door to much faster commutes, much faster document deliery - and with gas priced as it is, possibly faster commercial use. & Erin Cox wastes time on red cups. And a


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