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Proposed Phoenix-Tucson high-speed rail routes up for public input

A jeweler based in Tucson, Erik Stewart makes regular drives two hours up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it. Through May 31, Arizonans have the chance to provide feedback about three proposed routes for high-speed rail between Phoenix and Tucson.... Read more»

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Mar 20, 2014, 8:57 am
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Problem is, once you get to Phoenix…you’re not anywhere.  You still need a car and about an hour to drive to your location.  Tucson isn’t exactly a model of high urban density supported by public transportation either.  Now, if there are significant plans to address this coupled with the high-speed line, then maybe.

I’d like nothing more than to see high-speed passenger rail springing up all over the country, but I’m not sure how often I’d use it.

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Mar 20, 2014, 2:39 pm
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Judging by the I-10 widening projects over the last decade, these contractors work at the rate of about 1 mile per year. This being the case, such a project wouldn’t be completed, assuming it started today, until 2134 or so. Barring a great advancement in medical technology, I’m not sure if anyone alive today would actually live to see this project completed.

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Mar 24, 2014, 9:20 am
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This is something that would definitely be beneficial to the Tucsonian economy, but only if there were perhaps some sort of bus system set up right at where the high speed rail would arrive in Phoenix. As said in a comment above, when someone gets to Phoenix, they still will probably have to drive a bit to get to their destination. In Tucson as well.

However, because of the results of Tucson refusing to create a clear cut interstate system back in the 70’s and such, Tucson’s economy is absent of many businesses because of the lack of attraction to the market. Phoenix, on the other hand, is attractive to a lot of businesses, and it could give more opportunities to work. That, and it would likely benefit both city’s economies as well. Ya know, if Arizona’s “masters” of infrastructure ever finish it within our lifetimes.

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