Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Double Railroad Performance and Reap Great Byproducts - Just Like the Space Program

Think about all the great byproducts from the space program [see yesterday's blog].  They've impacted every aspect of our lives. They weren't planned, but innovators took advantage of NASA's investments and found great commercial and public sector applications.

What's to prevent us from reaping unplanned rewards from investing in our rail system? President Kennedy's goal was to win the space race by safely landing an American on the moon in less than a decade. Why shouldn't the USA be able to upgrade its railroad system to be equal or better than any other country's?  Currently the highest train speed in the USA is 150 mph.  The average for the rest of the world is 357 mph.

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