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post #41 of 47
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Originally posted by fng
The cost is so high to make a dedicated line that no private effort can fund this much needed work.

Most of the rail in America was put in place by private firms. The problem has more to do with land ownership.
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post #42 of 47
Yea but they did it with what we could call slave labor today. The land is a huge issue but that's what eminent domain it for. They use it for airports and highways so why not rail lines.
post #43 of 47
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Originally posted by KingOfSomewhereHot

As for de-regulation ... total de-regulation would have been great, but it didnt happen that way. The airline business is FAR from de-regulated.

I'm not sure we want it to be more deregulated, for safety reasons. Ask ValuJet.
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post #44 of 47
Using eminent domain to purchase rights-of-way for railroads is pretty much a given, especially for high speed.

These lines must be very straight and largely grade-separated.
post #45 of 47
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Originally posted by finboy
I'm not sure we want it to be more deregulated, for safety reasons. Ask ValuJet.

You realize that ValueJet is still in business, rght ?? They bought out an even smaller operator named "Air Tran" and now use that name. And the crash in the Everglades had nothing to do with deregulation ...
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post #46 of 47
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Its official... Delta and Northwest have both filed for bankruptcy protection a scant half hour apart. Now four major US carriers, (US Airways, United, Delta and Northwest) are all operating in bankruptcy.

I can only hope that these dinosaurs are eventually replaced by more efficient organizations that will find a way to be profitable despite current economic realities of high oil prices and high labor costs.

Hopefully, the federal government will not see fit to bail out either of these airlines. Let Adam Smith's invisible hand clear these poorly managed companies from the proverbial playing field and make room for newer, more fit competitors.

By the by, does anyone know if foreign airlines are allowed to operate US domestic routes without a US partner airline?
post #47 of 47
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Originally posted by Kishan

By the by, does anyone know if foreign airlines are allowed to operate US domestic routes without a US partner airline?

No... that is called cabotage, and it's not allowed. In the same vein, US airlines are not allowed to operate domestic routes within foriegn countries either.
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