Monthly Archives: July 2012

Troll Rail Projects

In lieu of a real post, I want to discuss a few possible rail projects that are not completely thought-out. By this I mean rail projects that probably have critical constructibility and cost problems, but not obvious ones. They lie … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 84 Comments

Washington Union Station

Amtrak’s announcement that it needs $7 billion to improve Union Station, in a way that is tangential to train or passenger capacity, has gotten some deserved flak already on other blogs. What I want to discuss instead is a pair … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, High-Speed Rail, Incompetence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 65 Comments

Pedestrian Observations from Vancouver: Street Width and Building Height

I moved to Vancouver last weekend. The slow pace of posting will probably continue for another week, but I do have multiple posts in the pipeline. I am currently at a downtown hotel, commuting to Kitsilano to look at apartments … Continue reading

Posted in Pedestrian Observations, Personal/Admin, Urban Design, Urbanism, Vancouver | 26 Comments

The Value of New York-Boston

This post mainly responds to an argument made by Jim in comments that the core portion of the Northeast Corridor is New York-Washington, and New York-Boston is more expensive and less useful. The Northeast Corridor has two halves: New York-Philadelphia-Washington … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, Transportation | 34 Comments

Northeast Corridor: Dealing With Capacity

To build high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor cheaply, intercity trains will have to share tracks with regional trains at several locations, which between them comprise a majority of the corridor. At most of these, commuter traffic is heavy enough … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 23 Comments

Surreptitious Cost Escalations and Spurious Cost Savings

In response to my previous post regarding the extreme cost of Amtrak’s new Northeast Corridor Vision plan, people both on forums and on blogs have said that it’s actually a cost saving coming from bundling the Vision with the earlier … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, Construction Costs, High-Speed Rail, Incompetence, Transportation | 13 Comments

The CAHSR-SNCF Bombshell

The most important HSR news right now is the recent revelation on the LA Times, strategically made immediately after the state legislature had voted to appropriate the required money to begin construction, that the California HSR Authority had brushed off … Continue reading

Posted in Construction Costs, High-Speed Rail, Incompetence, Transportation | 109 Comments