Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

  • Published on May 7, 2019
  • 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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  • dead_bxmmy
    dead_bxmmy 4 minutes ago




  • Harry Gruber
    Harry Gruber 9 hours ago

    Because the the state or the political leaders from that state want to make a profit from every project they get their hands on. Also you have environmental wackos who always would find something these projects shouldn’t get of the ground. They usually belong to the progressive party.

  • petey3965
    petey3965 9 hours ago

    It's pathetic really,.

  • Bookof Nahum
    Bookof Nahum 19 hours ago

    They do have high speed trains. It's just that they are all so fat the trains struggle.

  • Alex A
    Alex A 19 hours ago


  • sergey 7
    sergey 7 22 hours ago +1

    Why in Russia there are no railways. Because Russia is a garbage dump.

  • Ducati M
    Ducati M 22 hours ago

    Get it through your thick head it’s corruption and you guys wasted all your money and what do you have to show for it!

  • Yohan Han
    Yohan Han Day ago

    Ktx is the best

  • herbert92x
    herbert92x Day ago

    This video plays like a whiney socialist propaganda piece. One dude was actually lamenting the fact that the state doesn't own all the land - like in Communist China. Another was lamenting the fact that it would take national focus like during WW-2? An existential threat being compared to rail? LOL!

  • mihosinzan
    mihosinzan Day ago

    I am not familiar with the US case, but in Japan three High-Speed Rails are under construction. Basically they are planed and built by government agency. After finished construcion and trains start running, Operator(JR) have to pay the usage fee of trucks and this will be used for repayment of construction cost.

  • fred sims
    fred sims Day ago

    But we can still shoot each other.

  • Gustavo Moreno
    Gustavo Moreno Day ago

    Yo siento que en los USA hay muy buenos aeropuertos y no necesitan trenes ,Además es muy barato y rápido el avión.

  • Chad Wyble
    Chad Wyble Day ago

    Boils down to two political parties that exist only for their on own existence and to grow their political power. Theses two political parties no longer care to be bothered with actual governance or existing to serve the public. I loved taking the Ave' train in Spain and the rail system in the UK has its problems but its takes a lot of cars off the road, and is very convenient going city to city. in my experience.

  • Searchingforcrosser

    I MEAN what CASE STUDY ON TRANSPORTATION says 4 or even 6 seater vehicles surpasses trams or buses with regards to efficiency and mass movability? NONE THAT I HAVE READ. USA should stop 'throwing a tantrum' and wake up. Your automobile dream is sh*t. It WAS and WILL ALWAYS BE. It was idiotic for you to halt railway development. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER and develop the railway system.

    • Vasting
      Vasting Day ago

      democrats have been inpower before, they don't want trains either.

  • Jack Honsinger
    Jack Honsinger Day ago

    north east corridor has alot of geometry? wtf that means nothing.

  • Anand Suk
    Anand Suk 2 days ago

    You know why when America been building these countries had nothing and America do not need to be like other

  • ricky csl
    ricky csl 2 days ago

    Shanghai to Beijing is 820 miles apart and with HSR of 217 mph top speed it can reach on average time of 4hrs 20mins. And they’re already testing on new speed of 373 mph currently. Just imagine from New York to Washington in less than half an hour travel whereby current train service needs 3hr plus.

  • Thomas video a
    Thomas video a 2 days ago

    Because Chinese stole it.

  • Matthew Vasquez
    Matthew Vasquez 2 days ago

    The farmers where force to sell there land.

  • Drackkor
    Drackkor 2 days ago

    Democrats ruined California train. Why should the people pay for this and sports stadiums and corporate welfare. Welcome to Socialism by the democrats who ban soda. I'm all done with voting democrat.

  • rear view
    rear view 2 days ago

    They (the government) should take the money that funds NASA (fake space) and do the right thing: Build an Interstate High Speed Rail System all through out the United States. It would be better for the U.S. population to have the means to travel almost emissions free rather than lie and deceive the people that man can survive or live in space (NASA). Which he, man, can not !

  • angie Lamb
    angie Lamb 2 days ago

    A lot of the people today do not wish to have a car and all the problems that come with them.

  • AznPride
    AznPride 2 days ago

    Wow, so lame. Other countries has had high speed rail for 30 years. The US car industry and other red tape has slowed progress of other forms of transportation. The world is beating us. How can we still say we are #1?

  • Martin
    Martin 2 days ago +1

    Due to internal political petty bickering, America is falling behind the rest of the world from road and bridge basic maintenance to high-speed transport systems America is no longer the place to be, lack of vision and direction.

  • TheNewHope
    TheNewHope 2 days ago

    because the USA is a 3rd World country

  • Sam Stan
    Sam Stan 2 days ago

    OK nice u.S small country in europe do sht better-- EUROPEAN HIGH SPEED RAIL LUX TORPEDA

  • Turning Null
    Turning Null 2 days ago

    Guess the US will say: we don't need it. LOL

  • Francis Tan
    Francis Tan 2 days ago

    all the excuses.... Contractors are just over quote to earn alot more than other countries. No transparency.

  • Jerry Bush
    Jerry Bush 3 days ago +1

    It's all corruption at its finest

  • Avi Gindratt
    Avi Gindratt 3 days ago

    BEcause conservatives hate good things

    /OSUCHABRO 3 days ago

    Also only drink bottled water in the US because their water purification infrastructure is old and outdated compared to Europe.

    • amos quito
      amos quito Day ago

      /OSUCHABRO lmao you’re talking out of your ass. The EPA has some of the strictest standards for tap water on the planet.

      /OSUCHABRO Day ago

      @amos quito Yes probably fine for locals because they're used to it. It simply isn't of a standard that developed countries are used to.

    • amos quito
      amos quito Day ago

      What are you talking about? We drink tap water all the time over here our water is fine.

  • Panthera
    Panthera 3 days ago +1

    With earthquakes in some parts of the US, it seems for me to be safer to have train lines on the ground, on tracks.

  • Clandestino Fronteras Valemadrista

    Why? Plutocracy...that’s why.

  • Eloy Perez
    Eloy Perez 3 days ago

    So sad,,,

  • Chuck Kirkpatrick
    Chuck Kirkpatrick 4 days ago


  • ruth depew
    ruth depew 4 days ago

    We have a trillion dollar military instead.

  • Rolo Rolo
    Rolo Rolo 4 days ago

    There is no revenue for the states. Automotive and associated taxes generate revenue lawmakers have become accustomed to.

  • Oofus Doofus
    Oofus Doofus 4 days ago +1

    California doesn’t have the funds because they’ve made all these agencies that use up all their money.

  • Silvesta
    Silvesta 4 days ago

    USA is so backward. Which of you clowns think it’s the best country in the world? :)

  • Katten i slakten
    Katten i slakten 4 days ago

    Us need to remove money from politics. I am not expecting people to take a train from la to new york, but it would be good for the envoirment if there were high speed trains from dc- boston etc. Philly etc. All east coast and west coast should have several trainlines. I think there should be trains from detroit to chicago ohio etc

  • Iris Juliete
    Iris Juliete 4 days ago

    Yes please, we need a real high speed rail for the US, I really truly feel like people could travel more within the US and that way we can also make more jobs and we’d spend more if we can travel more. Better economy.

  • Glenn Erwin
    Glenn Erwin 4 days ago

    Our politicians promise it, and none deliver it. We need to end politics as a career, and we need to end the Fed.

  • 刘super
    刘super 5 days ago

    In the United States , per household has 2 or 3 cars and they are more likely to drive vehicles than taking a high-speed rail

    • Bitrey
      Bitrey 4 days ago

      There is no high speed rail, so how can Americans take it if it doesn't exist? It would be like asking why nobody is using cars in a country with no roads

  • Yours
    Yours 5 days ago +1

    To be honest, cars aren't a very efficient mode of transportation if you think about it. On average, 15 ft. in length, 6 ft. in width that weighs around 3,000 lbs. to 5,000 lbs. to move mostly one to two person around using their own volition. Especially in a very dense city or even in long drives. I think It's more of a luxury type expense. Don't get me wrong though. Even if I say this, I love my car.

    • Bitrey
      Bitrey 4 days ago +2

      That's exactly why cities all around the world are investing in public transport. Cars are extremely space inefficient and they pollute a lot.

  • Joshua Moore
    Joshua Moore 5 days ago

    One of the challenge I saw from this is 101 planning.
    Where you want to build it
    To get from A to B are there any problems
    land issues, city regulation etc

  • Matthew Nord
    Matthew Nord 5 days ago

    It’s really sad. I’m from south central pa around Harrisburg. We had teams running between so many of the small towns but they were among the ones bought out and burned.

  • Bob Jennings
    Bob Jennings 5 days ago +2

    Simple answer: We have some decrepit freight railroads.

  • Leon Eden
    Leon Eden 5 days ago +1

    Only Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Osaka can make enough money. China is a communist country, so Chinese government can ignore public opinions, environment, minority groups, and running costs. High speed railways are only suitable for megalopolises.

    • Chen Uy
      Chen Uy 2 days ago

      China's shanghai to beijing is very profitable..

  • Rus Lemus
    Rus Lemus 6 days ago

    USA: we don’t have the money!
    Also USA: gives 2.4 trillion to the rich

  • Gabriel Abbott
    Gabriel Abbott 6 days ago

    I thought the acela ia the high speed rail in the US on the Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

    • Gabriel Abbott
      Gabriel Abbott Day ago

      I know since the Northeast Regional is the cheapest from Boston's South Station to Union Station in Washington DC, Philadelphia 30th Street or New York's Penn Station

    • Bitrey
      Bitrey 4 days ago

      It's literally the only high speed rail in the US, and it's also very expensive

  • OneGuyOnAScooter
    OneGuyOnAScooter 6 days ago

    I think we should start by building shorter domestic routes between close major cities (i.e. D.C. to NY, Atlanta to Charlotte, Houston to Dallas, Seattle to Portland, etc...) and as they become more widespread across regions, they will gradually connect and make the railways transcontinental. Then we won't have to be spending so much on domestic flights, fuel, and highway maintenance once the track are built.

  • OneGuyOnAScooter
    OneGuyOnAScooter 6 days ago +35

    US: We have no money for it!
    Also US: spends hundreds of billions getting involved with foreign wars we don't need to

    • Sam Stan
      Sam Stan 2 days ago


    • manjelos
      manjelos 3 days ago

      US is not China, in US is not possible to build cheap like in China, you have to pay much higher salary, you have to buy properties much more as in China where state just kick you out of the property. And at the end, Chinese bullet trains travel with about 10-20% covered, because tickets are just too expensive for average chinese worker who travel once in year back home and use slow trains where tickets are affordable...

  • LaMb sAuCE
    LaMb sAuCE 6 days ago +1

    So Dwight Eisenhower was paid by Oil and Car lobbyists to build 41,000 miles of roads at the cost of billions of dollars? Sounds about right.

  • Byron Allen
    Byron Allen 6 days ago

    The California rail to/from nowhere is nothing but a boondoggle. This is not progress, it is a myth that costs a fortune.

  • Eric Chen
    Eric Chen 6 days ago +2

    Every body knows the might of US technology, no doubt about it. It’s just US is so fascinated in building war machines that kills people rather than infrastructures that serves people.

  • DOHC 106
    DOHC 106 7 days ago

    You lead, follow or get out of the way..Lee iacocca. where is America? Other modern countries recognized years ago their ways of doing business didn't work. Singapore economically broke, less than 25 years one of the most respected places on earth. Americas farmers are still spraying water on plants, but the Netherlands have taught much of the world to grow plants with drops of water. It is true China's government will take your land, but they do recognize innovation: high speed trains, most powerful dam, cleanest power plant, and so forth. All these countries have been looking 20 to 50 years ahead.

  • Mike G
    Mike G 7 days ago

    I love how democrats solution to everything is a big number project and there way of funding it is always someone else's money . California is bankrupt you have people homeless living in the streets . You have a city called tent city because you have so many homeless people . Why don't you go look after your own citizens before you worry about a train . Federal money comes from taxes and why should my tax money go to build a train in CA if I don't live there .

    Anyone here calling this a infrastructure project is joke . because its not . The federal government is only responsible for the highways so it can insure that commerce and people can get from state to state . This way not only can you get to work in the morning but that you can buy essentials you need for every day life . Any project that a state wants to take on like high speed rail has to be majorly funded by the state . The thing I don't get is in CA you pay the highest tax on gas,that suppose to go for infrastructure projects . Why cant you pay for the rail using that money ? Where is it all going ?

    Like I said there solution is give us money and I bet you it fails before they lay down the first track and all the money gets washed away ...

  • Byungsoo Choi
    Byungsoo Choi 7 days ago

    i couldn't watch this video to finish. so, what's the answer? what's the point?!

  • Minsung has Jimin’s jams , Hyngwon meme queen

    The Shinkansen train they talked abt and said is didn’t have to deal with mountains is totally wrong! Umm.... have you seen Japan? Almost 90% is mountainous! Clearly they had to solve going through mountains. And yes i know it as a fact, I’ve seen documentaries abt it