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Last post by midnight raccoon -
That's weird, they wouldn't have geographically restricted it to just inside the US or something? But here's the text of the article:

Las Vegas (KSNV) -- Julie Coppin and her dog Betty know all about the weekend trip.

"I hate driving on this road," Coppin told me, as she was escorting Betty, a rambunctious and vocal 3-year-old pooch, around a gas station south of Las Vegas. Ask her about I-15, "I've been stuck on that thing for 8 hours," she says, recounting past trips.

She and the thousands of other Californians on I-15 all have their own horror stories, especially the trip back.

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"It's horrifying. It's horrifying. So not a good experience. You just want to get home. So getting on the train would be great," Coppin said at the prospect of an easier trip.

The train that could do it is the high-speed rail line Brightline, which already has a line running in Florida. The California-Nevada line, called Brightline West, has already made some progress.

This summer, it bought land south of the Strip for a station.

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This week, Brightline signed a memorandum of understanding with California transportation officials to use 48 miles on I-15 between Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga for a high-speed line. The "MOU" sets in motion work on right-of-way agreements and designing to make the extension happen.

Until now, Victorville was as far as proposed high-speed lines went. Brightline's California agreement would take the high-speed link into the LA region.

At Rancho Cucamonga, the line is planned to hook up with Metrolink, the commuter rail line in LA. Brightline says this will offer "seamless and straightforward" access in the region, offering a travel time between LA and Las Vegas of three hours and two hours between Rancho Cucamonga and Southern Nevada.

Brightline officials were not available for comment Friday. No timetable has been announced for construction to begin.

This is the latest step the rail line has taken to get the project moving. It is also working on financing the high-speed rail system, something that the pandemic had postponed.

Last week, officials at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said they're now asking Washington to put I-15 traffic on the radar, worried interstate traffic backups could keep our customers away.

Brightline's proposed Las Vegas station is in commissioner Michael Naft's District.

"We need to be looking at multimodal transportation options. Just adding a lane of pavement isn't gonna solve all the problems. It's gonna help; it's gonna help move freight. It's gonna help move people. But we need high-speed rail to Southern California," Naft told me last week.
In the video, it looks like the rail will be the median of the freeway, which it makes sense.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by jax -
Had the same issue, but got it via Google (after some built-in cookie delay). 

Much greater confidence for the LV HSR line than the Californian line. Too many benefit from the latter one failing, too few from it succeeding. 
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by Frenzie -
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Clearly, the existing infrastructure is not adequate.
And very important, building more roads will generally just make things more annoying and expensive.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by midnight raccoon -
There's been some progress on the high-speed rail between Las Vegas and Los Angelos, according to one of our local tv stations. The story also highlights the problems with the existing connection, the I-15 freeway, basically imagine the tiny town of Baker, California with a population of a few hundred but with traffic that can be worse than the urban freeways of Las Vegas. Clearly, the existing infrastructure is not adequate.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by jax -
Saw there was a clip on the Follo Line project, Oslo.  Good enough case of underground spaghetti.
It might have been just as well that I found out the job wasn't what I was thinking/hoping it was. They're sending me notifications about my "in person interview" despite the fact that 1) I cancel the interview 2) They moved the interviews to Zoom meetings. That tells me enough about the company :p
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by jax -
What are you doing, mocking everyone's most beloved genius.

There is definitely a market for better, primarily cheaper, tunnels, and then it is disappointing with a hype brand rediscovering tubes

Volume extracted is a huge component of tunnel costs, mind you, but it is hard to come up with a less efficient transport concept than Teslas in tubes.

There are good reasons for double-bore tunnels, they may be practically mandated in the EU by now, but those are safety and ventilation. Cars function like pistons moving the air out of the tunnel, and ventilation is a major part of tunnel running costs, and very energy consuming. The risk of head-on collision is also minimised. But service tunnels and turns are necessary in case of cheese fires, so all in all these are more expensive tunnels. 
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by midnight raccoon -
Reminds me of the Simpsons Monorail episode  :lol:
There may be some rough estimation of the length of the movie based on the length of the script (even though more likely the producers determine the limits: up to this length and no more). What I know is that the actors have the script in hand (or there is a loudreader-person with the script in hand) when they practise, so the pages need to be
- legible and
- leave wide margins for possible notes and remarks.

Particularly (non-movie) theatre actors practise a lot and carefully until they master the entire script properly. In contrast, movie actors practise on a scene basis, the production process may include helluvalotta rewrites and the actors need to keep up with the changes.
This makes sense too, as this font with wide line spacing is better readable from distance.
Perhaps it would yield a more dependable script length to minutes of film conversion compared to a variable width font. Although I don't find that hypothesis particularly plausible.

Speaking of typewriters, here are some new pictures: