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The Real Reason America Doesn't Have High-Speed Rail

Like it or not, the United States has a big transportation problem. According to many, a high-speed rail network could help alleviate a lot of the country’s transportation issues, but high-speed rail in the USA hasn’t made much progress in the last 50 years. Here’s why.

In the United States, everybody likes the idea of trains… but American trains are slow, clumsy, and absurdly expensive. Nobody wants to creep down the coast in an Amtrak – and to be honest, can you blame them?

Meanwhile, a number of other countries across the world run trains that whiz along so fast and so smoothly that, according to Vox, the average person actually prefers them to airplanes. That’s because airports have to be situated a taxi ride away from big cities, and force you to endure unbearable security procedures. Train stations, however, can be planted right in the city center – meaning that, if you want to travel a mid-range distance, a bullet train will get you there faster, cheaper, and more comfortably. No, they’re never going to lay tracks across the Atlantic, where planes have a significant advantage. But for shorter distances, high-speed rail closes the gap.

Bullet trains are also dramatically more energy-efficient than planes and automobiles. The International Energy Agency reports that, even though the rail sector carries 8% of the world’s passengers and 7% of global freight transport, it only represents 2% of the Earth’s transport energy demand. Even better, three quarters of passenger rail activity takes place on electric trains, making the rail industry the only form of transportation that is widely electrified today.

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What is high-speed rail? | 0:16
Supply and demand | 1:26
False starts | 2:16
Here comes the politics | 3:00
Fighting the bullet | 4:09
On the right track | 5:13

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