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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R B 2 hours ago
wait till some loose cannon pushes that nuke button . then whoever is left after that we might get to cobble together a horse and buggy. or WALK for heavens sake . Might even get lucky and say F@#$ all this travel BS. stay put you crazy americans !!!
Ten Minute Tokyo 2
Ten Minute Tokyo 2 3 hours ago
Because the elites want to turn us all into slaves and don’t want the American people prosperous.
AH AH 3 hours ago
AH AH 4 hours ago
Louis Raskin
Louis Raskin 4 hours ago
what do you know...Big Oil once again fk'd over the American people and the environment.
slader 5 hours ago
the us was build to be distroyed.
John Smythe
John Smythe 5 hours ago
Because they have planes?
glenn kane
glenn kane 7 hours ago
As usual the media avoids the real issue. Yes, talk about the curves and many scientific reasons, or how Americans love their cars, but don't mention the real reason. The rails are privately owned and controlled by organized crime. Why are there so many derailments in the US, and not one in Japan? The rails are not well maintained in the US because that would take away from the profits. So building high speed trains and placing them on sub-standard rails is like building a formula 1 race car and driving it on a dirt road.
GeanerikC 7 hours ago
Imagine if places like TX had high speed rails!
laochennel ลาวเฒ่า
don't worry soon made in china speed rail. is coming loljk
gamanin8 10 hours ago
I'm not against hi speed rail, have lived in Europe. BUT. you take a train to another city. In the city you get another public transport rail/underground. But it won't take you to your house and sometimes you have a lot to carry or you are less able to walk from the rail to your house (could be miles). Teeny cars? Bikes are no good if you have a family with you. or infants.
Great-heart Charity
Great-heart Charity 11 hours ago
Lily Lily knows the Truth.... See below
Melanie Bell
Melanie Bell 12 hours ago
We have the high speed class142 train in northern U.K. !
samuelm370 18 hours ago
Yeah them pesky rights of ours
Maggie Aguilera
This would be so cool in the United States. Imagine people would travel more.
philip haden
philip haden Day ago
We do and have had it for the better part of 20 plus years, unfortunately it was built as a black project underground and stretches from coast to coast and has expanded to Canada. Its energy source I've heard is nuclear. The only people that use it is government and military with high security clearance. Does it really exist, I'd say yes, definitely, one only has to take a look at our black budget expenses spent per year going back to the 1980's. Now the rumors that it connects to alien bases may be a bit far fetched but it would likely be connected to all of the major US military bases would be handy and beneficial strategically.
JohnSTF72 Day ago
So, basically the car industry and the oil industry formed the transportation system in the US and they still do. The only real excuse i can think of is that distances are too big to make High-Speed Rail transport a profitable enterprise.
Elk Nest
Elk Nest Day ago
umberceri Day ago
Oh yes show the crazies OAC and Bernie PLEASE! Get the inept govt out of it!
umberceri Day ago
Yes China did it because they are totally in charge of everything in the country and culture!
umberceri Day ago
Bakersfield to Merced HIGH SPEED RAIL FOR HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY? Less than 1 million people, give me a break! Where on earth did that guy get 3 million? I just looked it up, the San Joaquin Valley has about 3/4 of a million people as of 2019. It is by far not the best place to build a high speed rail TO START WITH down the road a few decades maybe but not now for heaven sakes! The video shows there are many areas that are better suited for high speed rail than the SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY! Oh the incompetence of the CA govt/
umberceri Day ago
The high speed rail for CA from LA to the Bay area THROUGH THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY -agricultural valley are you kidding? That was a no winner from day one! And the incompetent State Gov.
Brendan Allin
The U.S. has no high speed rails because we have high speed Camaro's
William Chew
William Chew Day ago
US don't have high speed rail cos being stolen by China. American's please do not get angry with your goverment, but be angry with China.
Munky Bidness
You should move to China.
Cory Butdette
Because they dont have anybody to build it for free for them..like they had with railroads..
Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels Day ago
Do you really think this would work in the USA? How profitable would HSR be to say New York to L A be? Also, if it's to connect closer cities, why should tax payers who live hundreds if not thousands of miles from these trains have to pay for them?
Wayne T
Wayne T Day ago
You can see how crooked the track is.
Mladen Vass
Mladen Vass Day ago
US has no evan low speed rail because doesn't need it and also there is no anyone who like to waist and lose money to invest in that.The rail is type of public transportation and apply to urban areas.USA is car-village/suburban country with provincial lifestyle, large population with super low density , long distances and exept Chicago and NYC there is no large urban areas that need rail or any other public transportation. Amtrak is a super duper expensive and its like roller coaster circle around and doesn't go anywhere !!!
Sharma Rao
Sharma Rao Day ago
because you have a president who busy tweeting...
Orb Day ago
I dont ride the train here cause I dont want to get on a train be robbed, have a bunch of homeless ppl on the train, and feel unsafe when I traveled to Japan all I did was ride a train while yeah it was packed and wasnt roomy, I felt more safe than I do here
David Molinarolo
How much does a Chinese Worker make? How many Billions does the Chinese GOVERNMENT pull in from all over the world? There ya go.
David Molinarolo
In 5 years, this project will be featured on Science Channel's "Mysteries of the Abandoned"
Matt S. Y. Lam
China can do it maybe is because it is a "parent" system...the parents are always right, and they tell you what to do...so, the parent said that people need high-speed train system, and it is good for them... the people have no way to object...
brs rafal
brs rafal 2 days ago
amrtak do 120 i'm impressed hi speed is 200 bug deal
Krzysztof Żurad
Krzysztof Żurad 2 days ago
Invest in the boring company and hyperloop!
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 2 days ago
High speed rail failed in CA
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 2 days ago
The Green New Deal
Leigh Rich
Leigh Rich 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days ago
Fine if you want to walk after you get close to where you want to be.
Dan 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days ago
Liberals will ruin high speed rail just like California
Breeze li
Breeze li 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days ago
in my coutry - Czechia - average train speed is about 54 mph (90kph).
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