Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Weather Delays on HSR….I’m shocked!!!

Weather Causes Massive Delays on Eurostar High Speed Rail
One misconception about rail service, especially high speed rail service, is that unlike airplanes, trains are somehow immune from delays caused by bad weather.  President Obama himself reinforced this myth in his speech where he laid out his vision for high speed rail in America.  In one sentence he lays waste to all the problems associated with air travel including delays due to inclement weather.

“No racing to an airport and across a terminal, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac, no lost luggage, no taking off your shoes.” 

Link to “HSR Vision Speech”

President Obama’s high speed rail vision speech provides numerous opportunities for the critical blogger.  But today I will simply rebut the “no delays” quote with a link to a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) report today out of London focusing on massive delays on the Eurostar HSR from London to Paris.  Unfortunately you must first sit through a short commercial before hearing the truth about weather delays and high speed rail.

Link to BBC Story on massive Eurostar delays due to weather

The footnotes below document what is said in this article.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/16/a-vision-for-high-speed-rail/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12041624

Special thanks to my daughter who is stuck in London and could not get to Paris today on the Eurostar for forwarding this story to me.

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