In the reading “Is high-speed rail a good investment,” a set of At Issue from the CQ researchers, both authors use their persuasive skills to convince readers that their research presents the most transparent side of the argument regarding the introduction of high-speed rail into the American system. However, it is left to Americans to wonder which side of the argument is to be chosen, but delving deeper into both works will help clarify that only one side of the story truly displays the reality, resulting in readers arriving to a conscious decision. Unlike William W. Miller, president of American Public transportation Association, who blindly beliefs that an “investment in high-speed rail now is essential for… [the] country’s future,” Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow Cato Institute, presents a honest and realistic fact that “high-speed trains are an expensive form of travel that few people will use,” Even though it is expected that with the introduction of high-speed trains in America changes would follow, the population should be aware of the increase in level of pollution that is included in the package, knowing it’s the one to be concerned the most. Certainly, many people are unaware of the damages the fuel trains use can cause on humans. To better understand this matter, it is necessary to bring forward a complete brochure for these lethal fuels. First, diesel fuel which is made up of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other potentially toxic gases can build up in a person’s lungs and cause health problems and the most famous is cancer. Furthermore, according to a 2004 report by Abt Associates, children and elderly are the most vulnerable with the exposure of diesel fumes and “about 21,000 people in the United States die every year as a result of breathing particulate matter in diesel exhaust.” Moreover, with a short term exposure to diesel fumes an individual may experience irritation in sensitive parts of the body. Second, coal fuel which is composed of carbon, sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen cause black lungs resulting in shortness of breath, bronchitis, and fibrosis. In addition, according to “data collected in a 2008 study by the WVU Institute for Health Policy Research,” people that are exposed to coal fumes increase 70% risk of developing kidney disease, 30% more chance of experiencing Hypertension (high blood pressure) and 64% chance of developing emphysema. Now that facts have been laid out, what are Millar’s strategies to ‘combat climate change” when according to O’Toole “high-speed rail’s environment benefits are also questionable.’
In addition, with the insertion of high-speed rail, the government would have to spend more of its funds, considering that more power would…
To ensure success, we must force the enemy to deploy from the march as far south as possible; disrupt armor formations, prevent the enemy forces from re-enforcing and taking the Bridge, key terrain (ridgelines & cities), and from cutting the Dawson Rail line. At the conclusion of this operation, the 2/33 HBCT will have defeated the enemy and prevented them from disrupting the JTF’s offensive operations to the north without undue damage to infrastructure or harm to civilians.
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The Psychology of Rail
As a former resident of and frequent visitor to New Bedford, I attended the neighborhood forum hosted by Buddy Andrade a few weeks ago with great interest. The commitment by the speakers to their communities was plain to hear and feel. Their deep appreciation for the history which forged the different parts of New Bedford into the city it is today was an obvious source of pride.
Some felt that pride was not shared by the city’s younger residents. As an amateur urban historian…
Transportation in GTA
When one is living in an exceptionally crowded city and wants to commute from place to place, an easy, quick and safe transportation is necessary. Since time is of the essence, it is important that the government creates a transport system that reduces overcrowding on the road and highways. Throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), traffic congestions and overpopulation results in a traffic problem that spirals out of control. Toronto’s shifting demographics reveal the population’s…
John, William J, 12/8/9, Congressional Research Service, “High Speed Rail (HSR) in the United States“, http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40973.pdf, 7/10/12, CNW)
In heavily traveled and congested corridors, proponents contend that HSR will relieve highway and air traffic congestion, and, if on a separate right-of-way, may also benefit freight rail and commuter rail movements where such services share track with existing intercity passenger rail service. 34 By alleviating congestion, the notion is that…
suggested a rail line to lighten traffic congestion on the island of Oahu. Rail transit expects to reform traffic congestion in the greater Honolulu area. Changes and impacts have occurred and the rail transit in Hawaii has begun.
There are three reasons why the rail transit in Hawaii has begun. First, to lighten up traffic problems on Oahu. The City forecasts that we are already 15% over capacity on H-1 during rush hour and a proposed two-lane, reversible elevated highway operated as a High-Occupancy/Toll…
that it is safe to assume that they would have been employed for the construction of our site. It is also doubtful that there would have been much advancement in engineering to suggest any differences between the railway construction on the British rail lines and our own.
The second site of our visit was Johnsons Embankment. The railway bed here is still intact allowing us to walk along the embankment where the railway tracks would have passed over whilst still intact…
24, April 2013
The production of high-speed rail (HSR) has commenced within the United States; primarily in the Central Valley. The economic contributions are allegedly going to help the U.S. fallout of the national debt; throughout the production of this modern form of transportation. Although, it has worked well in other countries America has different components in its particular economic model, it is unlikely to have the same economic contributions…
Running lines are used by trains to go from place to place.
Each running line has a name, speed limit and direction.
Details are given in the Sectional Appendix.
Position of safety
position of safety
1.25 metres (4 feet)
2 metres (6 feet 6)
Lightweight tools and equipment must be left at least 2 metres
(6 feet 6 inches) from the line, irrespective of the speed limit.
Authorised walking route
An authorised walking route provides safe access to or from a
Riding the rails Questions
1. Provide examples from the film why thousands of teenagers chose to ride the rails in the 1930s.
-some teenagers rode the train because they had to find jobs and earn money so that they can send it back home to their families
-some teenagers had to leave to fend for themselves because their family lost their jobs and wasn’t able to afford taking care of them any longer
-some teenager wanted to ride the rails because it was a passport to adventure
2. How did…
Light Rail in Kansas City
There are many people in Kansas City who oppose a light rail for numerous reasons. The most prominent reason that most people oppose the light rail is because they do not want to have an increase in taxes. Others oppose it simply because they do not feel that a light rail is necessary. But when you go downtown to areas such as Power and Light you end up paying a high price to park and normally end up walking quite a ways to get to your destination. A light rail would…