For what it is worth...
... a high-speed rail system (a *real* system, with a dedicated, two-way track) that connected Santa Clarita, CA (Magic Mountain) to Universal City (Universal Studios Hollywood) to Downtown Los Angeles to Anaheim (Disneyland) to Riverside to Las Vegas would represent one of the best investments in economic development that the U.S. federal government could make.
The route would get huge daily commuter traffic within the greater LA area, as well as enabling significant economic development in Vegas. Not just tourism, but business relationships outside of the stereotypical casinos and theme parks.
The old model of oil-fueled family cars providing almost the personal transport within and between nearby cities will not be economically and environmentally viable much longer.
Of course, some politicians can't resist trashing public support for any project attached to the name "Disneyland," as if anything associated with a theme park is just some silly children's plaything.
Theme parks are multi-billion dollar businesses, attracting tens of millions of Americans each year. And the biggest ones are not located in random, sleepy little burgs, but within some of the most dynamic local economies in the nation.
So, build the darned rail system! And give us one to San Francisco, too. I'd much rather see billions go to employ hard-working Americans designing and building these rail systems than to prop up the stockholders of the nation's zombie banks. We need somebody to spend some money to get our economy going again. I'd rather we all get something useful for that investment.
That's my $.02. Debate continues in the comments, if anyone's interested. Weaving theme parks into the conversation earns brownie points. :-)
It's funny that you are posting an article on this. I keep hearing about it in the Orlando region as well but I just can't picture it working out too well over here unless they do a big triangle between Daytona to Orlando to Tampa to Miami and back to Daytona.
Imagine it in Flordia! Scary! Either places sound good, but it probably would work better in CA
If I can play Devil's Advocate for a second, are Californians too obsessed with the "me first" attitude? Can Californians detach themselves from driving their own car, having the "freedom" to drive wherever and whenever? Is it possible for public transportation to work in the same way it works in Manhattan and Boston? Or even the some point, San Francisco?
Damn right, Robert!
The overwhelming benefits of this proposed transportation network makes the decision a no-brainer in my view.
The bullet train is suppose to run from Orlando airport to Disney to Tampa. The second connection is to Miami. The need for high speed mass transit in the I-4 corridor should be obvious to anyone who sits in traffic in the morning or evening. Coming from a city with an excellent mass transit system you can see the advantages of moving large numbers of people without turning the roads into parking lots.
Just because the economy goes bad does not mean we should go spending money on everyone's favorite project. This project would create a lot of temporary construction jobs, and then some permanent jobs for the thing to operate (Maybe 100 people needed). The train will cost $8 BILLION! In my opinion, 8 BILLION DOLLARS can be spend a lot better elsewhere.
I like the idea...even though I cant imagine working with Universal..all theme parks and tourist destinations need to work together to survive the economic crisis, and this is a very smart, albeit, interesting, idea
FYI, I'm writing this response on my iPhone as I ride a packed light rail train from Pasadena to downtown LA. So yeah, we *can* get out of our cars. :-)
The state of rail travel in the US is so bad. I agree we need more/better railways. Don't get me started with how slow they are and how they cost so much more than air travel. Amtrak costs almost as much as my entire WDW vacation. :/
I've read that Orlando has had plans for a bullet train coming from the airport for years, but Disney has put the squash on it because they want the station directly to their property from the airport.....bypassing Universal, Sea World, the convention center, International Drive, and all of the other Orlando attractions and facilities. To put it shortly, the route goes through a small piece of Disney owned (and unused) property, and Disney is using that to try and monopolize public transportation from the airport. A bullet train would have happened in Orlando years ago, if it weren't for everyone's beloved Disney.
With our country trillions in debt, this would be a major waste of federal taxes!!!!!
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