America...A serious discussion
Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:30 PM
Posted 19 December 2013 - 05:59 PM
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:37 PM
So Colorado is the New Netherlands now? Guess their tourism will get quite a shot in the arm...
Colorado's marijuana law is actually less restrictive than the Netherlands. In CO anyone over the age of 21 can legally posess up to 1 ounce of weed and grow up to 4 plants for personal use.
Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:04 AM
FUCK YEAH, AMERICA, WHERE WE LIKE TO SHOOT VARIANTS OF THE AK-47 A TOTALLY....not Russian gun.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 04:27 PM
We do have modern passenger trains (Amtrak springs to mind) but America is so huge it doesn't make financial sense to run high speed trains over the distances involved, which is why you only see High-Speed trains operated in densly populated countries.
Japan as an example has a population density of 836 people per square mile. The USA on the other hand only has 84 people per square mile. The entire Shinkansen network in Japan for instance totals ~1400 miles and serves almost the entire national population of 130million, that same route stretched end to end would cover most of the east coast but serve only a fraction of that population. Likewise The Fatherland has a population density of 609 people per sqare mile so it makes sense to invest in high-speed mass transport.
Even if we opened a high-speed rail running the east coast it would be too expensive, even on the normal (though still pretty fast) Amtrak from Boston to Miami (~1600 miles) a value ticket will run you $200 in a weird timeslot or 300 during peak hours.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:37 PM
HS rail is worse than flying once the distance exceeds approx 600 miles. It would be useful in some regions of the US (Northeast, Rust belt, West Coast, Front Range) but definitely not on a nationwide basis. Amtrak has a HS line that runs from Boston to DC, but that is it.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:36 PM
Amtrak has a HS line that runs from Boston to DC, but that is it.
it should be "high speed"; the Acela tops out at a max of 150mph, averaging 70mph... not really in the big boy league. But, I don't think we're allowed to have HS rail until we learn modern units of measurement anyways.