High Speed Rail Interactive Map. One major hurdle to overcome when communicating to voters about the importance of the California High Speed Rail project is lack of familiarity. Unless you are talking to someone who has visited a foreign country and actually ridden a high-speed train, or perhaps to a train geek, it is entirely likely that the phrase “high speed train”, at least in the context of California, could simply bring to mind an Amtrak train that runs a bit more on schedule. Many voters will not realize immediately that high-speed rail — a civilized and just plain cool type of ground transportation that will link California’s cities with a downtown-to-downtown level of connectivity that air travel will never enjoy — is really an entirely different travel mode for the state of California. We have nothing like it here now, so visualizations depicting what the system might look like could be instrumental in bridging the familiarity gap. The High Speed Rail Authority is on it, with its new interactive map of the proposed system. Choose a start point, an end point, and watch the train zip through the countryside, stopping in active, high-density downtown centers. Okay, okay: so the map does mark Pacheco as the default route, though at least with no Los Banos station — but it is still fun to play with. Give it a whirl.
[California High Speed Rail Authority]