California lags world in high speed rail

Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 7:02 am
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 9:31 am

Has anyone else noticed that Amtrak's Acela Express recorded an operating surplus of 54 percent, revenue exceeding costs, in 2012? Almost all of the slow trains run at a deficit.

A recent web-surfing survey showed 24 nations currently operating high speed rail including Uzbekistan. California is a very slow learner: We left the pioneering to advanced nations, like China, Japan, and France.

-- Paul Raveling, El Dorado Hills

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