Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It Runs on Freaking Magnets

Magnets. Is there anything they don't do?

The deal provides $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, for example, including money that could benefit a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers.

How much will the rights of way cost for that much land between LA and Las Vegas? Or will the land be declared as imminent domain for the good of the environment?

More below the fold.

To be effective, it would need two tracks in a circuit. Much the same as a ski lift operates. With at least two trains. One boarding in LA at the same time the other boarding at Vegas. Running continuously. And the tickets need to be cheap too.

Money for rail transit: yay! Money to build a 300-mph monorail from Vegas to Disneyland: fuck you! Fuck you, Harry Reid, and fuck you, Mickey Mouse.

What's the MTA's budget shortfall looking like right now? They're cutting service and raising fares and "The Second Avenue Subway" will never, ever happen, and you're shipping old suckers from Main Street, U.S.A. to the slots in two hours.

The "high-speed" train from Boston to New York to DC run at about 45-mph half the trip and costs more than a fucking plane ticket and you are building a 300-mile shuttle bus from the Criss Angel show at the Luxor to your car in the Donald Duck lot.

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