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When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? The train in question would be both slower, more expensive to operate (if unsubsidized) and less safe by two orders of magnitude than flying, so why would anyone use it?
East Coast Loop Tunnel Construction
It’s not much now, just a parking lot with a discarded gin bottle and an old exterminator receipt. But the slice of pavement near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the District could be the gritty precursor to a tunnel network that could propel pods filled with people and speeding platforms topped with Teslas and Toyotas between the nation’s capital and New York in 29 minutes. Or it could be just be a parking lot littered with dashed transportation dreams.
Boring Company - Los Angeles Dugout Loop
To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels. However, flying cars have issues with weather, noise, and generally increase anxiety levels of those below them. Currently, tunnels are really expensive to dig, with some projects costing as much as $1 billion per mile. In order to make a tunnel network feasible, tunneling costs must be reduced by a factor of more than 10.
Reforming the World's Costliest Subway Construction
In 2016, New York City overtook Zürich as the most expensive place in the world to build public or private buildings. New York's high costs are often justified as a result of the densities and complexities of the surface neighborhoods. Yet a closer look at the costs shows that mismanagement is a bigger problem. The 2nd Avenue Subway is the most expensive rail project (per mile) ever built anywhere in the world, costing $807 million per track mile. One station alone cost $1 billion. The No. 7 line expansion cost $2.1 billion for a 1.5-mile extension from Times Square to a Hudson Yards Station near the Javits Center on the Far West Side. This project was planned to have an intermediate stop that was cancelled due to high costs. The budget of the 2nd Avenue Subway project increased from $6.3 billion to $10.2 billion in less than 10 years. Yet hardly any of this increase was related to the commercial district at street level. So what is the problem? Simply put, high costs and delays are embedded in every aspe
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