QUOTE(Kampung2005 @ May 25 2012, 12:12 PM)
Plane fare is not cheap.
Just go to AirAsia, want to buy today ticket to Singapore, close to RM 200 (tax excluded)
Then, if tomorrow, still easily RM 120 (without tax too).
Taiwan can do it at RM 149, Taipei to Kaohsiung.
What about airport access time (from KL to LCCT), which often takes close to an hour?
The Taiwan high speed rail system is probably heavily subsidized by the government. According to reports, it almost went into bankruptcy after operating for two years, and was subsequently taken over by the government.
Near-bankruptcy of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation: What Went Wrong?
International Journal of Business and Management
Peter YU Kien-hong
School of Business and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
Jalan Simpang Tiga 93350 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysiahttp://ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijbm/.../view/6370/6325
A government probably has to be ready to bail out a private high-speed rail system when necessary. I do not mean such a system should not be built, as it has obvious benefits. It is just that the government needs to have the money even if it is started as a private project.
Some countries are facing problems with their high speed railways
Posted by Andrew Bodman on July 12, 2011http://stophs2.org/news/2719-countries-hsr...-speed-railwaysThis post has been edited by hwt: May 25 2012, 02:55 PM