The line that broke ground today is actually the perfect length for a real American example. Imagine if you will, a HSR line between Chicago and Indianapolis (190 miles). Based on the technology being put into place in Turkey today, the trip would take 1 hour and 15 minutes. In fact, the link between these two midwestern cities would probably be less than that since the Ankara-Konya line has a mountain range or two to cross.That's a shade more than Dallas to Austin (180) and a little less than Dallas to Houston (240). Imagine going from downtown Dallas to downtown Austin in little more than an hour...(sigh).
Monday, July 27, 2009
A couple of posts I caught from Daily Kos regarding Istanbul's integration of transportation types and new high speed rail investment in Turkey: