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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:04 AM

The Steel Interstate--a proposal for a new infrastructure project

Saw the link in one of the answers to MrScorpio's post on moving, and thought it should be an OP.

http://www.steelinterstate.org/concept

The Steel Interstate System (SIS) is a core national network of high capacity, grade separated, electrified railroad mainlines. It would realize for railroads what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System achieved for roads, and would become the backbone for movement of both goods and people in the 21st Century. Many more trains of all kinds could be accommodated and they could move much faster, providing truck-competitive speeds for movement of freight, and auto-competitive speeds for movement of passengers. This section describes what such a rail system would look like, how the SIS would transport all kinds of goods as well as people, and how the concept fits into the evolution of rail transportation in America.

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eridani Nov 2012 OP
aquart Nov 2012 #1
eridani Nov 2012 #4
Sirveri Nov 2012 #6
Kaleva Nov 2012 #2
Archaic Nov 2012 #3
Ron Green Nov 2012 #5
Selatius Nov 2012 #7
woo me with science Nov 2012 #8

Response to eridani (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:06 AM

1. Do we have the steel mills?

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Response to aquart (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:30 AM

4. Good point--this would be worth an effort for reshoring this industry n/t

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Response to aquart (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:05 AM

6. Do we have adequate iron ore and scrap steel?

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:16 AM

2. Interesting. Rec'd.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:16 AM

3. I love this. But...

Coming from the energy industry, where we run power lines overhead, land rights SUCK.

There's a lot on the site to read still, but that's a bigger sticking point than materials and construction.

My company did a disaster recovery project, where it was determined that if we lost our HQ, no matter how many million dollars worth of equipment we would lose, it would pale in comparison to the recreation of the land rights documentation that have accumulated over 70 years.

But even in small shots, if they improved I-80 across the country, that would be huge. We'd lose some corn, and some grazing land, but with worse and worse droughts to come due to burning coal and oil, they won't be growing much corn in that neck of the woods for much longer.

Thanks for calling it out. More reading for another night.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:51 AM

5. K&R. This has got to be the future for our country,

or otherwise just wait for the Rapture.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:15 AM

7. We will need bullet train links holding together all our towns and cities when the gas runs out.

After a certain price point, a national transportation grid based upon the notion of cheap gasoline collapses. That could cause massive disruption.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:27 AM

8. Kick

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