Letters: 85 mph Road, Driver Shortage, Biofuels vs. Food
These Letters to the Editor appear in the Oct. 8 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
This is in reference to your Sept. 17 issue story about the proposed 85 mph speed limit for 41 miles of State Highway 130 in Texas (p. 3).
I agree that “Reckless Texas” should abandon and undo that proposal. None of the highways in this country can safely accommodate such speeds.
Having lived in New Jersey, I remember driving the New Jersey Turnpike when required. Even though posted at 65 mph, none of the 12 lanes (six each way) on the turnpike is driven at that speed, and they need to be capable of at least 78 to 79 mph in the right lane. It’s a rough road to drive. I always drove it mostly one-way to New Bruns-wick and came back north via U.S. Route 1.
Besides Texas wanting to increase the highway speed limit, Amtrak is dreaming of 220-mph trains in 2040 to and from Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., through a tunnel under Long Island Sound from Milford, Conn., into Ronkonkoma and west through Long Island into New York City.
There have been high-speed trains since the 1960s in Japan, Korea, France and China, but these are all brand-new dedicated lines, whereas the first inch has not yet been started here. They should have been running high-speed trains here decades ago — not trying to build one now.
Trucks and other motor vehicles were not designed to travel 85 mph. This is why rail has used trailer on flatcar (TOFC), container on flatcar (COFC) and double-stack trains for decades. These are much faster, congestion-free and free of highway accidents that may cause delay.
The Driver Shortage
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