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Vancouver is something I can't possibly imagine ever happening, due to the ridiculous costs and lengthy travel times. Even the fastest HSR would take at least twice as long, and probably cost more, than flying from either Calgary of Edmonton.
500km tunnel under the Rockies with a Maglev train, easy.
 

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As for this project, it's really a shame that oil industry will try its best to quash any attempts at getting this built (which is why I believe the province keeps not finding a "business case" for it, in the face of billion-dollar highway expansions). But I do believe it will happen in either this form or another, and that eventually we'll have a somewhat integrated rail network with a high-speed spine and regional services from large hubs. It's just shitty that it doesn't already exist I guess.
If the Oil Industry were smart, they would want it to get built. Transferring workers from city to city would be much more efficient. Especially if separate commuter rail extensions to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Fort McMurray were built.
 
Well what can I say. Us North Americans are sooo smart. Why have a good network of trains to effectively move people around when each and everyone should have their own car or truck. We have convinced ourselves that only ones own vehicle is the only way to travel around.
I love the fact that the X statement against trains quotes California, one of the places in the world that traffic actually sucks.
 
^Not to be contrarian but there are a hell of a lot of cars in Europe. I lived there for five years and it remains the main way of commuting in, around, and about. The large auto companies based in Europe are not suffering.
 
^Not to be contrarian but there are a hell of a lot of cars in Europe. I lived there for five years and it remains the main way of commuting in, around, and about. The large auto companies based in Europe are not suffering.
Not one disputes that, but it is undeniable that there is a significantly higher percentage of people that commute by transit and bike than North America. About 35% in Germany, about 30% in France, over 50% in the Netherlands and Denmark have transit or bike as their main way of commuting. Other countries, like Spain, Italy, Portugal and the UK have a lower percentage, but it's still higher than the average in North America.

To @Edmcowboy11 point, I think the biggest difference between Europe and North America is the car culture, in general. Here almost everything is made with car ownership, and nothing more, in mind, which forces every kind of movement within the city to be done by car, whereas in Europe there's more of a concern regarding accessibility by other means of transportation, because even people who'll make their daily commute to work by car, for example, will still use transit or bikes to run errands in their immediate areas (or people will do it because they can... kind of chicken and egg here).
 

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