Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

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China has the world’s fastest and largest high-speed rail network - more than 19,000 miles, the vast majority of which was built in the past decade.
Japan’s bullet trains can reach nearly 200 miles per hour and date to the 1960s. They have moved more than 9 billion people without a single passenger causality. casualty
France began service of the high-speed TGV train in 1981 and the rest of Europe quickly followed.
But the U.S. has no true high-speed trains, aside from sections of Amtrak’s Acela line in the Northeast Corridor. The Acela can reach 150 mph for only 34 miles of its 457-mile span. Its average speed between New York and Boston is about 65 mph.
California’s high-speed rail system is under construction, but whether it will ever get completed as intended is uncertain.
Watch the video to see why the U.S. continues to fail with high-speed trains, and some companies that are trying to fix that.
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Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

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May 7, 2019

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brs rafal
brs rafal Hour ago
amrtak do 120 i'm impressed hi speed is 200 bug deal
Krzysztof Żurad
Krzysztof Żurad 3 hours ago
Invest in the boring company and hyperloop!
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 5 hours ago
High speed rail failed in CA
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 5 hours ago
The Green New Deal
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 5 hours ago
A poor person in the USA can afford a auto. The auto is a staple in the big USA. I love my cars. Poor Chine can't afford cars.
weitzfc1 6 hours ago
high speed rail , is for crowded or small countries . I like the comfort of my car , and the interstate highway system . your devolving .
Dan Hillman
Dan Hillman 6 hours ago
Fine if you want to walk after you get close to where you want to be.
Dan 8 hours ago
10:45 no its because Republicans know the left will waste all the money just like they did in California
Siddiq Hussain
Siddiq Hussain 8 hours ago
So the system in US is worst then other bullet train 🚅 owning country’s. That’s why they did and US didn’t.
Dan 8 hours ago
Liberals will ruin high speed rail just like California
Breeze li
Breeze li 8 hours ago
The reasons are our money was transferred to the Arms dealer s and bombed onto lands on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libia. What's more, our representatives in Hongkong, Venezuela, Ukraine, desire dollars like black holes. While China spent money on their land with cement, steel not bombs. What if those young lives lost in the wars built up our country on our land and made wealth rather than cost money even lost lives on lands of other countries?
Александр Мельников
Somewhere between A and Z, you maybe could find people? Amazon High-Speed Rail.
texaswildcat2000 10 hours ago
I love how they show rush hour bumper to bumper traffic as if it were a problem that high-speed rail would solve...psy-ops in action...while high-speed rail can be good for travel, it doesn't do a thing for local heavy traffic...biggest problem with light rail are regional airlines and short-haul major airline routes, those companies don't want to lose money...well, if they invested in partnership with high-speed rail, they don't really lose much, if any, over long term as the loss in air routes they can get in rail transport as part of their investment returns....
Giles Ellis
Giles Ellis 10 hours ago
The YF-23 was Brilliant, until Politics got involved, it is the same all the way down the Line, Look at the F-35, Stealth is about all it has going for it. Money for a Select Few.
R. E. Stone
R. E. Stone 10 hours ago
The insistence that passenger rail in the U.S. is a failure because it is "subsidized" ignores how we've subsidized the oil and nuclear industries for decade after decade. Is there ANY national passenger rail system that makes a profit?
iannickCZ 11 hours ago
in my coutry - Czechia - average train speed is about 54 mph (90kph).
Margret Situ
Margret Situ 13 hours ago
If we could connect the US cities would be awesome.
Daryl Geslani
Daryl Geslani 13 hours ago
Well, Germany is not able to complete an airport in Berlin in time. That is all I want to say.
xel lazarsa
xel lazarsa 17 hours ago
This move is auto critic. It's can self distract a country. Pharaonic model of development.
John Burns
John Burns 17 hours ago
You do not need to grade separate to get high-speed rail.
John Burns
John Burns 17 hours ago
High-speed is 125mph minimum not 100-110mph. But not on an average, but peak.
Rin Please
Rin Please 19 hours ago
Hyper loop technology is the future for travel between cities 3-5 hours from each other. Travels at 670mph
BILAL BHATTI 21 hour ago
Thats great work !! See mine too .. I made robotic Arms using Arduino for easy learning !! @
BILAL BHATTI 21 hour ago
Thats great work !! See mine too .. I made robotic Arms using Arduino for easy learning !! @
M Silveyra
M Silveyra 23 hours ago
If California lacks the money to build this railway, why don’t they start a “ go-fund me” page with a set minimum for a shot to own a share of this corporation?
Rolando Perez
Because No one will use it a Waste of Taxpayer money... Besides look at Amtrack rates more Expensive than Flying. So easy math high speed higher price boil Down to no Customers
John Burns
John Burns 17 hours ago
You need took a blind bit of notice of the vid.
WildDisease Day ago
Broke ass USA
Gimme your pin # mofo
It's called losing.. automobiles won.. NEXT!
Handsome Toenail
"..and then,..there's the U.S.." 🤦‍♂️ (LOL)
leonardimas1 Day ago
California has to face a not flat land?? and what you mean has swiss to deal with?? but we make it, with the longest tunnel on earth!!! btw. we have so many tunnel because we are a very mountain region, today most people go's with the train to work!! or look at France and England, this train go's under the sea channel from paris to london. your infrastructur is like a 3 world country. you spend only in military and for israel
马健刚 Day ago
China: socialism or national Capitalism,working for community for future US:private Capitalism,working for capitalist for benifit for American they call this human rights and freedom,China really is dictator
saveur Djazairi
the public transport in the USA is worse than anywhere in the world also the USA do not spend money for the poor that's all
saveur Djazairi
because only the poor use train second class citizens
Slanj Bo
Slanj Bo Day ago
Kiss two Gays
We should legitimately just pay the Chinese to build a railway for us. Thats what we did back in the 1800’s and thats what they want to do anyway with their little belt and road initiative. Honestly I think i would be a positive but national pride my prevent us from doing it even if it would benefit both countries. Many countries in Africa have had Chinese companies build high speed rails and even Turkey has allowed the Chinese to build from the east to the west. If we have highways planes and rail the US would be a beast plus if were paying the Chinese they would have to meet certain conditions so there would be no risk in that way would could even work together and learn from each other.
Roy Vowels
Roy Vowels Day ago
Corporate shitbags....
Bram Bergs
Bram Bergs Day ago
I'd rather see Elon Musk going full blast "hold my beer" on this high speed train project than him shooting cars into outer space, just for the heck of it...
Douglas Dobson
we have a high speed rail system, underground and only for Government employees with high security clearance. Google "Air Force Nuclear boring machine www.projectcamelot.org/underground_bases.html
Haweya Abdillahi Adhan
America media has brainwashed its people thinking America is the greatest country on earth yes untillm they visited other countries
Gerry Chen
Gerry Chen Day ago
Arrogant, greedy, Self-centred, Ignorant with full private interest on top of public well being
Blazing Dawn
Blazing Dawn Day ago
because infrastructures is a long term investment, like education, it creates tons of jobs, these people will need services, housing, food, and all sort that drives up the economy, it has the effect of a gold mine, but with infinite gold.
Blazing Dawn
Blazing Dawn Day ago
also, i would like to point out, one of the way you can reduce the cost, is to make more of it. why are soda cans so cheap? because trillions is the scale for the number of them being produced, this is how china manage to drive down the cost because they ramp up the scale.
Gregorius T
Gregorius T Day ago
The answer is very simple. The U.S. government is corrupt. Bought, and paid for, by the oil and auto industries, as well as, big pharma, airlines, and other corporate interests. Until the American people vote out the corrupt politicians, they will have to live in a backwards nation, as compared to the progressive Europeans, Asians, and perhaps one day, even Africa and the Middle East. The next time you chat with a Kentuckian, ask if the person voted for Mitch McConnell? And, why?
Tech Master
Tech Master Day ago
At this point, we should just skip rail and head straight to the hyperloop.
Daniel Buth
Daniel Buth Day ago
Narrator: "And then there is the US:" Train: \*dies\*
Andrés Prieto
I just want to point out as a Madrileño that the footage at 3:38 isn't the high speed train from Madrid to Barcelona but the short distance cercanías
James Moran
James Moran Day ago
Try cigpapapers.blog
m213 Day ago
US has no high speed because Democrats make too many rules and regulations. I 🖕🖕
Ken Rik
Ken Rik Day ago
US has had an underground mag-lev subway system for decades. Unfortunately, it only connects to DUMBs.
keo keo
keo keo Day ago
Because auto, oil, and coal, buy out the US Government
High-Speed Rail is a major ingredient of Agenda 21 as transpotation is yet one more tool of that can be used to assert control over us, just like food and water distribution, Healthcare, the monetary system and home ownership. The ultimate goal is to create a culture of dependency for the average citizen by the Ruling Establishment.
Declan Newton-Maharaj
Please tell me you're joking.
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