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Old 05-01-2019, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Try2B Comprehensive View Post
Trains along the Northeast Corridor on dedicated long-range routes could actually be faster than air travel or automobile, while allowing for a significant reduction of the CO2 footprint of the entire region, while also providing a reason to upgrade all kinds of adjacent things. It could potentially rejuvenate the region and modernize it to a degree that is "Beyond China". Let's face it: the megalopolis is not going anywhere. Maybe utilizing AI to optimize the planning process could lead to a project that actually benefits the region, and by knock on effect the country and the world, rather than descending into one of an infinite number of possible boondoggles a corrupt and imperfect system can create.
Yes AI is a buzzword for operations research now, but I doubt that either will be used to optimize a government project that needs Congressional funding. The route will be optimized to maximize cronyism, not utility.