7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

US lawmakers wowed by Japan bullet train

(AFP circulated the following on March 17, 2010.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — US lawmakers voiced awe Wednesday at taking a ride on Japan's sleek bullet trains, with one congressman saying he felt like he was in a videogame.

At a congressional hearing, Representative Don Manzullo said he took the ultra-fast train from the central city of Nagoya, where he visited Toyota Motor Corp. and other companies, to Tokyo.

"I got to sit right up in front," the Illinois Republican said of his trip two years ago.

"It was almost like a videogame," he added. "You have to try that sometime."

Eni Faleomavaega, who heads the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, contrasted Japan's trains with the United States' own troubled network.

"The fact of the matter is Japan is about 100 years in advance as far as mass transit system compared with ours," said Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents American Samoa.

"They were able to have trains that can go up to speeds of 125 miles (200 kilometers) an hour some 50 years ago. And what are we doing?"

But Representative Ed Royce, a Republican from car-loving southern California, sounded a cautious note, saying that public transport was "very rational" for Japan but not necessarily for the United States.

"Japan's population, its density, its geography, make it entirely different when discussing public transportation than with respect to the United States," Royce said.

"We look at economic merit when addressing infrastructure."

President Barack Obama in January unveiled eight billion dollars in economic stimulus money aimed at building high-speed rail networks in the United States.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Stopped freight trains causing safety concerns in Highland, Indiana
Blocked crossings become problematic in Abilene, Kansas
BNSF, Wabtec advancing the future of motive power
Bernie Sanders send pizza to miners blocking coal train
$125 million Baltimore tunnel grant opens double stack option for rail shippers
50th anniversary of major CT train wreck brings renewed call for PTC
Washington Supreme Court weighs in on the question of weight in Taylor v. BNSF
Alaska Railroad cancels passenger service between Anchorage and Denali due to wildfire
Amtrak adds service to two New Jersey stops
Japan’s past and future trains float and roll at SCMaglev and Railway Park
RRB Q&A: Unemployment and sickness benefits for railroad employees
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines