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Why doesn't the United Stares have high speed rail?

  1. GERALD-710 profile image59
    GERALD-710posted 2 years ago

    Why doesn't the United Stares have high speed rail?

    The Europeans, Japanese, Chinese and many developing nations have high speed rail, why doesn't the US develop a high speed rail system?

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image61
    Tusitala Tomposted 2 years ago

    A good question.  Why doesn't it?   Could it have something to do with vested interests?   I don't know.  But it does seem to me that if the USA had high speed rail between, say, the major cities on its Eastern seaboard, and there are an awful lot of cities in there, vehicular travel and air travel between these cities would drop off.  The answer, less money for the companies who now cover these routes.

    Might sound a bit silly.  But no more than silly than the reason Los Angeles didn't take to rail because the big oil companies were worried they'd lose out on the huge profits they made on petrol sales if rail networks went in.

  3. thranax profile image54
    thranaxposted 2 years ago

    Tom Ware hit the nail on the head. American Capitalism is the main reason we don't have high speed rail. He only briefly said cars and planes would drop off in customers - but that isn't the whole problem now is it? Not only are gas companies, airlines, and car companies in the US preventing high speed rail - but the biggest contested of them all are the countries that have high speed rail but American vested interests. If you haven't guessed it, im talking about Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Lexus, and BMW. If Americans had great high speed rail who the heck would buy all the great gas mileage Prius, Civic, and Mirage vehicles?


  4. Old-Empresario profile image82
    Old-Empresarioposted 2 years ago

    Texas is working on one to connect Houston and Dallas.

    The US has no high speed rail because our economy does not focus on internal services or infrastructure. We'd rather build submarines, overseas bases, bombs, missiles and aircraft than bullet trains and new skyscrapers, like those that are popping up in Asia. Even our datacom capabilities leave a lot of be desired. We've been on a wartime-based economy since 1941 and our government is finally on the verge of insolvency. This due to our constant investing in war material and activities that provide no return on investment. And instead of shifting and cutting back on wasteful military spending, the solution over the past 10 years has been to hire more cops and to start equipping them with military weaponry.