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Japanese JR-Maglev  (Source: Yosemite)
Government funnels $45M into maglev proposal.

President Bush signed a transportation bill that will help fund a high speed maglev train between Disneyland and Las Vegas. The initial $45M investment will be used for environmental studies to evaluate construction impact on one portion of the proposed maglev route.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., showed support of the project and said the maglev train "will safely and efficiently move people between southern California and Las Vegas."

As more nations begin to roll out maglev train systems, critics in the U.S. grow increasingly frustrated over the lack of support of organized high speed trains in the United States.

With speeds up to 300 MPH, the maglev train will be able to transport passengers between the two locations, about 250 miles apart, in less than two hours. Most drivers who go from the Los Angeles or Anaheim area to Las Vegas are forced to take Interstate 15, but the highway routinely is clogged with gridlock during rush hour.

Congress must now choose the maglev system over other train projects under consideration by the government, including a diesel-electric train that was proposed after a 2005 funding mishap that delayed the Disneyland-Las Vegas line. Japan was the first nation to launch a diesel-hybrid train system, but the train was twice as expensive to build as a regular train.

The United States Maglev Coalition (USMC) is an organization wanting to develop maglev technology in the U.S. The group helped the federal government fix a September 2005 report that "unfairly and erroneously criticized maglev's costs while ignoring its benefits."

Maglev trains are extremely expensive to create, so $45M could easily lead to a multi-billion dollar investment. The Shanghai maglev train network cost almost $30M per mile to create, and a proposed route in Japan is estimated to cost up to $82B to complete.

Germany, Canada, England, China and Japan are included in the small selection of countries that either have working maglev systems or are testing maglev technology.

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furries at the bunny ranch
By MRsnufalufagus on 6/9/2008 12:43:45 AM , Rating: 1
i love the maglev idea, but...disneyland to vegas? I see how a room full of people trying to talk louder than one another come up with this stuff. "oh, um we want a destination that people want to go,! or maybe disneyland... well, um, ok we need a place for people to come ok how about we use vegas as the destination and disneyland as the origin, or vice versa! killed two birds with one stone!"

great. one problem, tho. who is gonna wanna blow their wad on hookers and poker and then head over to the theme park to have creepy mickey mouse club songs played while they ride the lonely tunnel of love? psychopaths? suicidal gambling addicts?

Or let me ask it this way. who is gonna wanna take their kids from the theme park, burnt out and whining, puking from shamrock shakes, and head up to the bunny ranch to give their kids an early education on the more disease ridden side of the birds and the bees? more psychopaths? Dateline superstars? Maybe its a pact of pedophiles trying to get this to happen. They do have more disposable income to contribute to pork-barrel candidates since they don't have to spend their money on dates with women who aren't impressed by a happy meal.

good planning dudes.

RE: furries at the bunny ranch
By krwhite on 6/9/2008 5:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean.. What a horrid route. However it has to start with the highest dollar return. There are tons of gambling morons out there.

RE: furries at the bunny ranch
By masher2 on 6/9/2008 11:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
> "great. one problem, tho. who is gonna wanna blow their wad on hookers and poker and then head over to the theme park to have creepy mickey mouse club songs played "

If you think there's nothing but "hookers and poker" in Las Vegas, you haven't been there anytime in the last 30 years. Millions of families with children visit Vegas annually; there are entire "family-themed" shows and even hotels.

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