Los Angeles to San Francisco in two and a half hours? Without having to put your 3oz lotion bottles into quart-sized zip-loc bags? Sign us all up. If Governor Schwarzenegger has his way, he'll be commuting to and from Sacramento in two hours and 17 minutes, while cutting freeway congestion and carbon emissions in one fell swoop.
The way California is headed, transportation systems will soon be strained to their limits, so the California High-Speed Rail System has proposed a 220mph rail service running from Sacramento to San Diego, to take the strain off roads and planes, at a fraction of the cost of building new freeways.
The state would have to build nearly 3,000 miles of new freeway and five airport runways, at the cost of $82 billion to accomplish what the rail system hopes to.
The train would in theory significantly reduce carbon emissions, from an estimated 12 billion pounds of CO2 to five billion annually. However, designers are looking into the feasibilty of using completely renewable energy sources (as you can see in these pictures). The system is also designed to move goods across the state rapidly and dramatically reduce the number of traffic accidents. So… what's the catch? RM