View Poll Results: What Should be the Future of Amtrak

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  • Continue Subsidies at Current Level

    2 5.00%
  • Stop Subsidies for Amtrak completely.

    15 37.50%
  • Continue Subsidies, and Maybe More, but Improve Service

    20 50.00%
  • I have never ridden Amtrak, and never will.

    3 7.50%
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    Re: What Should be the Future of Amtrak

    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentDrummr View Post
    The fuel to generate electricity for a maglev system still comes to less than that required to fly airplanes over the same route.

    Current maglev systems are above ground, so there's too much wind resistance. I was talking about a subway.

    And do you know why Concorde was retired? It got too expensive to fly commercially.
    There is only one current commercially operated maglev system in the world, in Shanghai from the Airport to Pudong (commercial center) It operates at 400 km/hr or 240 or so MPH
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    Re: What Should be the Future of Amtrak

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Actually I am wrong... thanks for the memory... I rode one from Skagway, Alaska into the Yukon.
    Anchorage to Fairbanks in dead of winter... - 30+ Damn fine way to travel. Much better than trying it by car/truck.

    Some towns along the way he route were dependent on the railway for resupply and mail.
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    Re: What Should be the Future of Amtrak

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    There is only one current commercially operated maglev system in the world, in Shanghai from the Airport to Pudong (commercial center) It operates at 400 km/hr or 240 or so MPH
    Of course, a maglev train can't break supersonic speeds above ground at atmospheric pressure.
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