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High-Speed Rail is the Future of Transportation

I’m A Huge Fan of High-Speed Rail Because of the Many Benefits it Provides

Countries such as Europe and Japan have implemented High-Speed Rail.

 

Because it provides their citizens with more transportation choices along with many benefits.

 

Allows them to keep their status as an economic engine.

 

And meets the environmental and energy challenges of this century, by using our natural resources more efficiently.

 

And according to the American Public Transportation Association, the United States is a good candidate for High-Speed Rail, and will offer the following benefits if invested in.

 

High-Speed Rail Will Create Thousands Of New, Highly-Skilled Jobs

If the United States were to Build High-Speed Rail, it would create thousands of highly-skilled jobs.

 

Revitalize the domestic rail industries that supply transportation products and services.

 

And 24,000 highly specialized jobs created for every $1 billion invested.

 

Investing In High-Speed Rail Will Improve Our Cities’ Economic Conditions

Every $1 invested creates $4 in economic benefits in the following ways.

 

The High-Speed Rail will make city-to-city travel more accessible, efficient, and more connected.

 

Building new tracks and bridges will increase business activity within these areas.

 

As a result, it will help make our cities more internationally competitive.

 

Building High-Speed Rail Will Help Our Congested Cities Grow

The U.S Population will grow by a staggering 100 million people within the next 40 years. This congestion will cost nearly $140 billion in lost time and productivity.

 

Unless we change that, we won’t be able to keep up with this ever-increasing highway and airport congestion.

 

The United States Will Be Able To Reduce the Nation’s Dependence on Foreign Oil With High-Speed Rail

The United States economy would be able to decrease its large consumption of oil.

 

High-Speed Rail is eight times more efficient than airplanes, and four times more efficient than automobiles.

 

And High-Speed Rail will decrease greenhouse gas emissions and improve our air quality.

 

While keeping billions of dollars in the U.S economy, where it belongs.

 

High-Speed Rail Will Provide More Travel Options And Help Those In Rural And Small Urban Communities

High-Speed Rail can deliver people from one downtown to another as fast as or faster than air travel.

 

This will help America’s airports and highways work better by eliminating congestion.

 

The Problem With The Dinosaur Rail System That’s Currently Available In the United States

The last time I visited Suffern, New York, I couldn’t believe how horrible the train station was.

 

Suffern, New York had a little rundown shack of a train station, in the middle of nowhere.

 

There were no visible signs pointing to where to go after exiting the train.

 

Customer service was available for limited hours during the day.

 

And there weren’t many benches available to sit down.

 

Overall, the Suffern, New York train station is severely broken

 

But that’s not the only train system that’s in desperate need of an overhaul.

 

Amtrak in Rochester, New York is another prime example of how the train systems in the United States is completely inadequate for today’s modern transportation needs.

 

At my former job, people would come from all over, including big cities such as New York City and Chicago. As they stepped off the train, they would complain about how late the train was.

 

And of course, the lousy customer service that followed.

 

Our current political leaders think it’s okay to keep providing the same lousy transportation options, except for a few

 

Senator Ed Markey and Freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Understand the Value Of High-Speed Rail

 Recently, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) put forward, a 14-page resolution about overhauling the U.S transportation systems.

 

This resolution to remove greenhouse gas emissions as much as is possible with current technology, struck a nerve with the Democratic head of the House’s aviation subcommittee.

 

House aviation subcommittee chairman Rick Larsen (D-Wash), whose district includes Everett, home of the Boeing factory, had some words to say.

 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Supports High-Speed Rail.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Supports High-Speed Rail.

 

When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mentioned placing a focus on High-Speed Rail to a point to where air travel becomes unnecessary, Rick Larsen started with the excuses, like all our current politicians do.

 

Here’s What Rick Larsen’s Excuse Was For Not Supporting High-Speed Rail

Rick Larsen doesn’t support green technology, because it’s hard to sell that position to 23,000 men and women who live, work and support the aviation economy in Washington’s Second District, by making the safest aircraft and aerospace products in the world.

 

Then Rick Larsen tried to back pedal by saying, “There’s a lot of good in the resolution, but I have a lot of questions.”

 

Rick Larsen reminds me of a customer I once knew at my former job. The customer was about to rent a vehicle. But for some odd reason decided to give a long, boring speech about how the average vehicle releases 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere.

 

Finally, after listening to this nonsense for so long, I made a statement.

 

That this foolish gentleman didn’t like.

 

I told this gentleman that everyday we hear about pollution on the news.

 

We hear global warming is melting the polar ice caps and causing flooding.

 

And how global warming is causing catastrophic weather patterns, resulting in loss of life.

 

This gentleman’s response was that we humans will do something about it, because we’ll have no choice.

 

Yet, this gentleman proceeded to go pick up his rental car. I guess he wasn’t ready to do something about the situation.

 

My question to him and everybody else is, when will we do something about it?

 

I say either do something about the situation before it’s true late.

 

Or shut up about all the problems being caused by global warming.

 

And just deal with the consequences when the time comes.

 

Conclusion

Countries such as Japan and Europe have spent decades perfecting High-Speed Rail.

 

They are not in the beginning stages of development anymore.

 

And provides fast, reliable, and comfortable transportation that makes city-to-city travel faster than taking a plane.

 

Political leaders such as Rick Larsen have had plenty of time to carry out High-Speed Rail in the United States.

 

The problem is that they are more worried about maintaining the status quo, instead of doing what’s right for the public.

 

Our Society Has Evolved For The Better From Disruptive Technology, And High-Speed Rail Is One Of Them

High-Speed Rail will offer thousands of highly skilled jobs.

 

Investing in High-Speed Rail will improve our cities’ economic conditions.

 

Building High-Speed Rail will help our congested cities grow.

 

The United States will be able to cut the nation’s dependence on foreign oil with High-Speed Rail.

 

High-Speed Rail will offer more travel options and help those in rural and small urban communities.

 

Fortunately, Not All Democrats Who are Influential on Aviation Policy are as Concerned About Ocasio Cortez’s View as Larsen.

Political leaders such as Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who chairs the House transportation committee, and sixty-six members of the House, who are all Democrats, have co-sponsored the aspiration resolution bill.

 

The aspiration resolution will overhaul the American energy systems over the next decade, while trying to meet the goal of net-zero greenhouse emissions.

 

I think it’s time that outdated political leaders such as Rich Larsen get with the program, and embrace High-Speed Rail.

 

Plus, I don’t think air travel is going to disappear anytime soon, and I don’t want it to.

 

Air travel will always be the best choice for traveling between states or other countries.

 

Incorporating High-Speed Rail will cut airport congestion by allowing faster and easier city-to-city travel.

 

The only side effect will be an improvement in economic prosperity while decreasing social injustice.

 

Then again, what’s wrong with that?

 

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2 Comments

  • T K

    This is a very well written post. We must not forget that the US is the only industrialized country that doesn’t have a high speed rail system on a national level. The cost of a US national high speed rail will be expensive because of our size of the nation and our current infrastructure needs to be updated to accommodate the rail system. This will drive many people (including myself) to finally ditch cars

    • Andy Thousand

      T K thank you. You’re right about the cost of updating our current infrastructure, because it’s been neglected for way too long.
      But seeing that we’re the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have a High-Speed Rail system, we’re many years behind. It’s inevitable that eventually we’re going to have to embrace cleaner, more energy efficient modes of public transportation.

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