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FLORIDA

As part of its $787 bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is giving 1.25 bn for new high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando, a distance of about 85 miles.  The cost to government is about $14.7 m per mile of rail development.

CALIFORNIA

As part of its $787 bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is giving $2.25 bn for high speed from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a distance of about 382 miles.  The cost to the government is about $5.9 m per mile of rail development.

The California High Speed Rail authority projects spending $45 bn to build its 800 mile track.  That’s $56 m per mile of development.

Comparison – They state that it would cost $82 bn to update highways and airports to meet the equal demand that the HS rail will meet.  High Speed, then is almost half as costly to develop than roads and airports.

Ridership  – The CHSRA projects a ridership of 68 million annually in 2020 in the area served by its new HS rail network.  Per mile of track, that’s 85,000 people served.

In 2030

800 miles in 14 regions including Sacramento, San Francisco, Central Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego.

TRAIN – 88 to 117 million passenger trips per year.

AIR – 33 million trips per year.

CAR – 911 trips per year.


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