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How will the construction of the high speed rail change our lives?

Updated on June 5, 2017
Minimum speed 168 miles (270 kilometers) an hour.
Minimum speed 168 miles (270 kilometers) an hour.

The bullet train will make us less dependable on fossil fuel.

Obama’s plan to make America one of the countries with high-speed rail is not a new idea, but it is one of the good ones that needs to be resurrected. The idea of having a train that can commute the public to their destination at speed of 320 mph add comfort to the word on time.

The fact that we’ve not made any effort to fully implement this idea, sort of make president Obama looks more like the president of the future. (this was said 7 years ago) An idea like that should have been supported by private organizations. The Federal Government should not have been the one lifting it off the ground.

The big puzzle here, is why has the Air line industry not taking the initiative to invest in this plan. Perhaps they have, may be it is not yet known, and if not hopefully they do. After all, it is much fun to most people to commute by train than to travel by Airplanes.

At least with the train we'll get to experience and observe the outskirt of the country. In the Airplane most time we're staring at the clouds, while with the train the scene changes flashes at a time. The advantage one gets when traveled by high-speed rail will not just be on the visual aspect; but also the commuters would have save money that way. They would have had the option to travel by train or The Airplanes.

Prices and distances traveled would have been compared with that of the Airplanes. And if the arrival times between Airplanes and the trains are not that significant, than price differentiation would have become a consideration for the commuters to consider; especially since oil prices may skyrocketing once more with political conflicts.

The advantages that bullet train can offer our future economy and environment is too obvious to deny. We need to act quickly, because as it is now, it is harder to speed up the economy if we’re still traveling in slow motion. With the announcement of president Trump commitment in US infrastructure we are hopping that he would consider high speed rail in that $1 trillion budget.

The reason for high speed rail isn't so much about cutting CO2 emission as it is about securing economic opportunities for the American people by energizing our traveling speed with renewable energy production which will create jobs that can speed up the economy. It is all about working for more take home pay in an expensive state while living in a cheaper one. With the bullet train at least employees will be able to work 1-3 states away from their homes and not have to pay a bundle to get to work on time. We are making access to professionalism easily accessible to employers by linking skills from different states with the bullet train.

Imagine working in Arizona while living in Wyoming. That's about 2 states away from Arizona. The minimum wage in Wyoming is $7.25 hr. The minimum wage in Arizona is $10.00 hr since Jan 1, 2017. That's about $2.75 difference which when considering overtime can help a mother pay for daycare, after school program or even a car note. If the transportation fee of a bullet train amount to $ 50.00 a week between Arizona and Wyoming, the possibility do exist where a Wyoming resident may consider a job in Arizona. This example is drown by considering the minimum wage as our reference point. However, it could be possible that better paying jobs in Arizona would attract more capable professionals from Wyoming to work in Arizona while living in Wyoming.

These bullet trains move so fast that those who converse within distances of 100 Kilometers must have kept their sentences short if they wish to convey their points across, because by the time they're finished with one sentence, they're already 10 kilometers apart.

The new generation would no longer have to worry about not being able to afford the extra tuition for living on campus. With the bullet train, a student who live in Sacramento and attend school in San Diego would have had the option to go back home for dinner and still get back on time to attend the next class. We are adding comfort to the learning experience through access of the bullet train. With the bullet train a presidential candidate would be able to speed up his campaign by travailing states to states via the bullet train instead of a bus.

It is without a doubt that bullet trains can help give leverage to our future economy. The advantages that are foreseen for implementing this technology will enable us as a country to be less dependent on fossil fuel. It would have created lots of jobs across America. It would have caused new and well established businesses to spread out in developing cities where profit can once again become possible. It is a venture capital project not exactly a government project. The high-peed rail doesn't have to be owned by one group of investors; they can be many, each group owning sections of the high- speed rail.

According to department of N.C transportation, officials from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have released a study that dissected the routes of high-speed bullet train servicing south, between Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Atlanta, Ga. and Macon, Ga. plus the Washington, D.C. to Charlotte Southeast High Speed Rail corridor (SEHSR). If you're interested in learning more about it, please click on the links above or below for further information.

For the new entrepreneurs, the advantage of the high-speed rail would have created the opportunity of a life time. As we know, wherever challenges exist opportunities follow, and for the new entrepreneurs, a developing city would have triggered many job opportunities. The bullet train would become the gateway that connects our cities resources together like the World Wide Web connects our thoughts together.

Likewise, with the high-speed rails, whatever happen in one city would have became a concern to other cities though means of association? In a way, the bullet train would have been the connecting links that brings us together as a society. Which in turn would have made crimes easier to track down.

The $13 billion that president Obama recently offered is only a down payment to help lift this project off the ground. If this idea were to fully take flight it would have had to attract more investors. This is not a project that depends on government initiatives but one that depends on high scale entrepreneurs like yourself who knows how to turn risk into profit. In that respect, the high speed rail isn't just a government project but more so a venture capital project.

This is a winning proposition folks. There's no reason why this plan should rest in our back yards. Any investor who is interested in long-term growth, if they understand this plan and be able to visualize the profit they would have gained from that investment may be some doors would open up. This is a plan that worth thinking about, and remember wherever there is risk opportunities exist.

This new way of commuting would not only be good for the future generation, but would have also symbolized a physical change in the country. This proposal laid by the Obama's administration would have lasted for centuries to come. But since the Obama's administration couldn't lift it up the ground, perhaps the Trump administration can attract the investors and have them reconsider the plan. This new railways would be the arteries of our societies that would populate our capitals with working class citizens to breathe fresh air in cities that are less polluted.

There are those who claim that investing federal dollars in high-speed rail is a waste of money. The cost of building new train tracks between cities that are not conductive will not only be a challenge, but ineffective. Well, what the Chinese and the blacks are saying is that they have done it under the Rockefeller when technology was nothing like it is today.

They've built the American rail-way under the Rockefeller at a time when technology was a primitive idea; so why should we doubt ourselves now is the question? Therefore, if they could have done it then with the new revolutionize technologies that are now available; they should absolutely be able to do a better job.

Nothing is impossible, despite all criticism if the American people wants bullet trains as an alternative to other form of transport they will have bullet train. All they will have to do is support this plan, and together we’ll make it happen. No one is saying that they won’t be challenges ahead, but without challenges no task would worthwhile. It is better to try than to stay stagnant and do nothing, because by trying we can learn better way to tackle the project' leaving behind promising opportunities for the next generation who shares the same dream as president Lincoln.

"In 1862, President Lincoln signed into law the Pacific Railroad Act, the Homestead Act, and the Morrill Act, which promoted transportation, cultivation of land, and higher education, respectively.4 Lincoln also signed laws creating the Department of Agriculture5and authorizing an Internal Revenue Commissioner."

The stated that “The very first electric TGV launched in 1981 was the TGV sud-est, which is the famous orange train. This project was a complete success story, although not getting government backing; this created the most profitable service on SNCF, and paid for itself in just a few years".

The Japanese did it, the French have done it, the British did it and the United States who claim to have been one of the most advance countries have been left behind. There's only one explanation for this, and it is not because we less capable, but only because of competition and politic. Those who lobby against this bill are either not looking at the full picture or simply protecting their own interest.

But the American people sees something else. They see job opportunities in different states, they see the possibilities of living else where while keeping their current jobs. As an employee, if you wish to raise your family in Georgia while working in California it is extremely difficult to achieve this with our current system. The price for an air plane ticket plus the time and harassment you'll face is totally unpractical even if you had the money. But with the bullet train, all that is within reach; an employee would be able to work in one state while raising their family in another.

This project will help reduce the population of states that are over populated. It will help create more opportunities for those who wish to look for jobs in different states. The advantage of not having to relocate to work in a different state would have made opportunities across the country more attractive than ever before. New York & California would become less populated overtime; making New York City a little more breathable. The option to travel by train would have become a cost saving choice as well as moral choice. Yes! the bullet train would have created competition for the Air Transport industry, and to avoid that competition all the major Airlines such as: American Airlines, North American Airlines, United Airlines would have had to invest in the high speed rail.

Wind mill that generate electricity could become useful in powering the high speed rail. A need that would urge all farmers, big or small to incorporate wind mill farm into their crops as a mean to supply high-speed rail with wind electricity. New bridges would have been created offering easy access to commercial transportation; making delivery services less congested. As you can see, the advantages that high-speed rail would have offered our people is limitless. But what is limiting us though is our unwillingness to come together as citizens to help attract more investors for this plan. Our unwillingness to invest in this project is exactly what’s keeping it from advancing. It has become necessary to accept projects that will cut cost long term as opposed to short term.

We often do not acknowledge cutting public cost as a fiscal policy initiative, but it is exactly that. When we cut public cost we are in turn placing more money in the hands of the public to do more. We are making their lives much easier by reducing transportation cost with alternative choices.


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    • climb20082008 profile image


      7 years ago

      hello,good job!

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      7 years ago

      Not much has happened on the High Speed Trains in the last nineteen months.

      The other problem is that the proposed high speed rail lines need to be dedicated and built new for the 300 miles per hour type of train.

      Currently they are talking about sharing existing lines.

      Not a great idea.


    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is a good idea of Obama administration to introduce bullet trains in most of the places in America restricting the terrorists at the root. Definitely a bold step befitting to Americans is going to step in.

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      You right Veritas  

      The government should take a passive approach on this plan. I don’t think the Obama’s administration ever wanted to tackle this project alone – they support the project because of all the advantages and opportunity that are associated with it. This project would put lots of Americans and immigrants back to work.  Beside it will alleviate us from being less dependable of fossil fuel.  you already see in the video these are the reason why Obama wants to stimulate the project.  What we hope though is that other organization can participate by investing in it.  We already have some organizations that wants to uplift this project, we just needs more of them.  In a project like this new railways need to be constructed, if we work to strengthen the old tracks, we’ll be limited as to how fast we can go.  New tracks is much of a better idea, we shouldn’t have new ideas run on old tracks, something is fundamentally wrong with this picture. 

      I don't understand why the cost per mile has to be so costly. The government needs to look into that, investigate why it's so costly. Find new way to reduce cost to make the project more cost efficient

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago


      Even at the optimistic cost per mile of 8 million dollars the high speed train would have only one thousand miles of track.

      More conservative estimates put the cost per mile at 40-80 million per miles with would bring down the miles to 200-100 miles of track.

      If this project is done by the government, it will take decades. If it is to be done, it has to be done in a faster time period.

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      We have more power than all the governors combine - let us make this dream a reality - let us pressure congress to allow the Obama's administration to contribute more money into this idea.  Let us do it for our young ones. Don't you feel more comfortable when you have alternatives - well then let us get to work?

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      Those are good questions vertitas - I will add your answer in my article - read on.

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago


      Where is it that this bullet train will be running?

      How long will it take to actually be operational?

      What other details do you have on this project?

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      Who is protecting our current lines now against terrorism? If we're goring to be attack by terrorist, why would high speed railways increase that possibility? Why are our existing lines which are not high speed lines not terrorized? If we were to construct high speed lines and they were attack by terrorist - lots of question would have been escalated, demanding where this terror is coming from. I'm not saying it would not be possible but laying out high speed lines for bullet train should not increase the chance for terrorism. The current administration would have been INVESTIGATING the cause of the terrorist act Domestically and Abroad. And those who are responsible, whether it's Domestic or Abroad would be held responsible. We are much capable of committing terrorism act against ourselves as those abroad who wishes the worst for us -- please keep that in mind.

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      9 years ago

      Who is going to protect the lines against terrorism?

    • Coolbreezing profile imageAUTHOR

      James Dubreze 

      9 years ago from New York, New York

      well, he offered $13 billion as a down payment. I believe if this idea were to take flight, it would attract more investors. This is a winning proposition, they is no reason why this plan should rest in our back yard. Any investor who is interested in long term growth, will pour money into it and will end up benefiting at the end.


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