Real high-speed rail not a bad idea

Dayton Daily News - - OPINION -


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


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