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  2. Very high-speed trains command major price premium. Amtrak purchase w/in general range of European train prices twitter.com/mattyglesias/s…

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    yfreemark

    Yonah Freemark

    Reasonable to claim Amtrak should have bought more cheap 200km/h trains, but if they wanted 300km/h trains, price wasn't bad @mattyglesias

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    Yonah Freemark

  3. It seems they should've bought 250km/h tilting trains, given that they'll only run at 257km/h anyway.

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    ant6n

    Anton Dubrau

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  5. Yep, agree with you on that. But Amtrak hopes that by 2040 we'll have at least 1 segment at that speed. I think we will in NJ

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    yfreemark

    Yonah Freemark

  6. Okay, so in 2016, Amtrak pays a premium for a one-of-a-kind train hoping it will use its full capabilities in 2040.

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    Alon (they/them)

    And who's to say that in 2040 tilting will even be needed? Non-tilting 300+ km/h trains aren't this expensive.

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    Alon (they/them)

    This is why, in advanced first-world democracies, infra and rolling stock planning is integrated. Not so in the US.

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    Alon (they/them)

  7. How much of the $2B is the actual train cost and not the 15yr maintenance&support contracts?

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    srepetsk

    Stephen Repetski