Real high-speed rail not a bad idea
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I think John Kasich is right about the proposed high-speed train program for many reasons. Among them is the fact that existing tracks are not capable of high speeds and no one has a good plan to determine where the trains should stop.
Everyone wants them to stop in their back yard, but with heavily populated Ohio — whose population is spread out all up and down the “I” corridors — where is that?
Don’t misunderstand; I’m very much in favor of high-speed trains that go between 200 and 300 mph and leave from transportation centers between 100 and 300 miles apart.
For example, tracks could radiate from a transportation center about equal distances from Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
From there, trains could head north to Chicago and Detroit; west to Indianapolis and St. Louis, south to Lexington and Atlanta; and east to Pittsburgh, New York or Washington, D.C.
This is not a project that can be done overnight. It is a long-term project just like the interstate highway program Eisenhower started in the ’50s.
It would require special tracks above ground or in tubes underground. It could be subsidized by freight cars that could be loaded or unloaded in prepackaged containers that could be rolled off or on while passengers are loading.
Wouldn’t it be nice to roll your luggage onto a train, sit down in a nice lounge chair with plenty of leg room, read a book and arrive in Washington, D.C., in two hours? Thomas H. Routsong