Posted by Lean Forward, a resident of another community, on Jan 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm
So if cybertran existed today and I got on one tonight to LA would I get there a week from Thursday?
Is it possible you're comparing a bicycle to a Lear jet?
It's rather simple, you can put in 21st century infrastructure which scoots your expanding population and workforce from bedroom communities that are attractive for their lower cost, yet within reach of the work centers via HSR.
Or you build more dead-ender commuter roadways. Which are parking lots 6 hours out of the day while people sit in their cars killing productive and family time while ingesting all manner of unhealthy exhaust emissions. Growing populations must remain within smallish radii of the work centers in order to commute.
So let's say you're the next Google and you're picking a site for your world headquarters. You have a clean sheet of paper. Do you go with China or western Europe where high speed connected infrastructure moves your workforce around or do you go with the good old wrapped in the flag USA which likes to run a daily slow motion rat race in the I-580 and 880 corridors?
Anybody looking at that project and thinking waiting for it to be more expensive to build is the way to go? Figuring right of way will be cheaper in 20 more years? Anyone thinking our mostly 1 per car commuter gig that we have now will compete just fine in the global econoy with the $10/gal gas that is probably a decade or less away?
Sorry, but if you think we're all suddenly going to be jumping to a Prius by 2025 you're not making much of a case for visionary skills.
If you're thinking air travel is the answer, ask yourself what are the mountains of hurdles one must get over to build a new airport these days. Most of the current ones have gate shortages as it is.
Number of miles of HSR built in the last decade:
China - 6,000 miles, expanding to 16,000 miles by 2015
USA - zip, zero, nada
China now moves nearly 800,000 people per day on their HSR which has been in existence for less than 5 years. While the early portions of their system were built with imported product, they have embarked on a massive ground up build of an industry and now design and build their HSR needs domestically.
Anybody got any bright ideas for bringing manufacturing back to the US? I can think of one.