Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bullet Train Proposition & Dangerous Habits

Californians have more than the President, local officials, and gay marriage on the ballot in November. Wired reports on Proposition 1A; a proposition that would fund a high-speed train line between L.A. and S.F. Having ridden high-speed trains in Europe, I'm all for the proposition. Of course, I don't have to pay any of the taxes. But just think if there were a high-speed line between Iowa City and Chicago, or Iowa City and Des Moines, students could commute and not have to live in Iowa City.

The article mentions the recent L.A. Metrolink crash that killed 25 as a significant obstacle for the proponents of 1A. The engineer was receiving and sending text messages while driving the train. ZDNet speaks on a related topic: dangerous use of mobile devices.

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