Friday, December 19, 2008

Rome to Milan in 3 Hours

New high speed rail line opens in Italy. 300 miles in 3.5 hours, city center to city center, not bad. Here, we can fly 180 from Dallas to Austin and with travel to/fro the airports, security, boarding, taxiing (in the plane), the flight, etc. we can manage that in about the same amount of time...and with 10x the stress!!

More impressive:
Work on the hotly contested high-speed TAV line between Turin and Lyon in neighboring France was halted due to protests before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games — and still has not resumed. The stretch is part of a European-wide project to connect Lisbon, Portugal and Kiev, Ukraine, by train.
...yet we're lucky to have Dallas and Fort Worth linked by train. If we want to call ourselves the greatest country in the world, we need to start acting like it. No more empty platitudes. Just do it.