Current issue of Trains should be required reading

Matthew at Transport Action BC

writes on March 8th

The April issue of Trains magazine has a special 48 page report on fast trains. It describes new high-speed trains in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Europe, relative speed, why some Americans canai??i??t seem to embrace high-speed rail, a map showing the highest speed portions of tracks in the USA (70 mph (112 km/h) is considered high-speed for Amtrak) and many other articles.

A special article on Amtrak Cascades describes how Washington state has grown their system slowly and steadily over the past 10 years by focusing on small incremental improvements to increase the average speed over time, instead of trying to focus on top speeds. It is frequency, reliability and comfort that will bring people back to the train, not absolute top speed.Ai?? This article especially should be required reading for folks at the BC Ministry of Transportation who are overly focused on roads.

Never was a truer word spoke,

The response of the BC Ministry of Transport & TransLink to theAi??reportAi??on the Fraser Valley Interurban proposal, has been at best tardy at worst contemptuous to the population of the Lower Fraser Valley.

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