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HSR lines would be crazy to service sprawl. Sprawl density doesn't justify the time you lose breaking from even 200 kph to zero and waiting for the self-loading freight to shuffle on and off. At 300 kph cruise speed you can completely fuggetaboutit.

Hell, even commuter heavy rail only really makes sense if you can convince people to live in two- or three-story houses. Any density below that is light rail, bus and personal electric vehicle territory.

I can see an HSR connection increasing sprawl around outlying cities, because it would reinvigorate those cities, permitting people to live in the suburbs and work in the city. But sprawl by people who want to commute first to the HSR station and then to another city? If you really have any amount of that, then, well, against stupidity even the gods fight in vain.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 10:45:27 AM EST
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