Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have High Speed Rail?

How does a country largely built by railroads, have no high speed rail?

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May 10, 1869. The first transcontinental railroad line opened. It connected Council bluffs Iowa with the pacific coast. That kicked off a 100 year expansion of an already dominant rail industry in the United States. So as nations like China, Japan, and Europe have embraced high speed rail lines in the past decades, why has the U.S. fallen so far behind? 

Much of the reasons are exactly what you would think. The U.S. is big! We are a nation of car lovers. Permitting and private land ownership makes completing projects difficult. Since the 1950’s and the building of the interstate highway system. The car, or on road vehicle has been the king of U.S. transportation.  But, with environmental concerns increasing, the nation’s infrastructure getting older everyday and new means of travel being required. High speed rail is getting a second look in a few places around the country. Learn more about our relationship with high speed rail in the video above. What do you think? Will the U.S. ever have a transcontinental bullet train? 

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