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

Comments • 29 338

  • Gulf Coast Fishing!
    Gulf Coast Fishing! 18 hours ago

    California wants to give illegals free health care, HTF are you going to pay for a high speed rail for illegal alien who cant at back into the system, but sends its tax free under the table money back to Mexico, but get to live here use resources, plumbing, trash service and recieve social security money.

  • Douglas Kay
    Douglas Kay 19 hours ago

    America is like Spain, a load of bragging low educated people but indoctrinated into believing they're superior. But just drive around America and you will soon discover it is third world. They vote for people to represent them who are nothing but bought and paid for hangers on.

  • 饺子
    饺子 22 hours ago

    inferiority complex denials

  • Akula
    Akula 23 hours ago

    A lot of libs in the comment section. I can't understand how California can start building a high speed train when they dont even own the property where it should run. It will be a cost disaster and in the end, will llikely never be finished.

  • enigman44
    enigman44 23 hours ago

    Why is there no high speed rail here in America? The answer is simple. GREED. Other countries look to the future, to making things better for their citizens. But here in the good old USA, if you can't make a fast buck on it . . .

    • Devin Peirce
      Devin Peirce 23 hours ago

      enigman44 we spend too much money on worthless minorities

  • Raptor Jesus
    Raptor Jesus Day ago

    trains are so much better than roads, i live near liverpool in the UK, i can get the bus to liverpool and it'll take just over an hour,
    i can get a bullet train to london and be there in less than two hours! no traffic lights, no traffic!

  • Robert Zoccano
    Robert Zoccano Day ago

    77 billion spent already. No wonder they dont like our president. Politicians stink.

  • RVM Lance
    RVM Lance Day ago

    California’s liberal bureaucracy ran up the cost due to environmental surveys that took 5 years to complete.

  • T Sub
    T Sub Day ago

    We should go to drones instead of rail and be ahead of the rest of the world.

  • The Real Cigar Jefe

    America is a shithole country. Everything is dirty, the roads are crumbling, homeless people all over the place. It’s one of the worse countries in the world.

  • Paul Williams
    Paul Williams Day ago

    "political parties not see rail as our major form of transport - (a) the government is NOT of the people, by the people, for the people - but of the fat cats, by the believers, for the big companies
    (b) even if you had a high-speed rail network it would not work for high speed to be truly high speed this also becomes insufficient stops to be convenient
    money, will power are not a thing anymore, how many people drive clear cut across the states THEN if you did high-speed rail there is Denver and the next stop is Glenwood springs, what about Breckenridge, ok stop there / Georgetown miss out e.c.t., the train will only be getting upto speed then slowing down (people forget about it speedup-slowdown)

    people are thinking it is a threat to the CAR and not thinking high-speed as an aeroplane is there a Fairplay domestic airport NO - no high-speed at Intercourse so how that horse and buggy get to
    CHICKEN, Alaska or SLAUGHTER BEACH, Delaware LOL (sorry your towns)

  • Velo1010
    Velo1010 Day ago

    This hasn’t anything to do with President Trump. He’s been in office almost an entire term. What did Obama do for the eight years he was in office? What did Bush do while he was in office? Lots of excuses, just not real good arguments. Auto and air trans are just entrained into our culture.

  • Parker
    Parker Day ago

    If you are a politician and want to be remembered as an environmental, financial and economical hero... Deeply invest in rail. It will be good for all of those things in the long run.

  • r h
    r h Day ago

    because we have cars..
    didnt take me 16 minutes to say that either..
    cars are more useful
    cars go where you want to go WHEN you want to go. trains just go to a station...
    in some places its cheaper to buy a used car and junk it when you arrive then to buy a train ticket..
    i dont share my car with disease filled strangers..
    money spent on inefficient trains is money NOT spent on making roads better for cars..

  • Luis Zelaya
    Luis Zelaya Day ago

    America has money for army . bot has not money for buiLD BULLET TRAIN .😕😕😕😕😕

  • JoeCnNd
    JoeCnNd Day ago

    Hell Indiana can't even fix their streets.

  • Stock Brazen
    Stock Brazen Day ago

    Lets be honest theres no good reason not to have one, you just got oil and car companies trying to constantly scrap it, i mean they’ve done it before and the country is so gripped by those same companies our professional president who is extremely qualified for the job doesnt have the balls to green light any high speed railways

  • Keane Muffin99
    Keane Muffin99 Day ago

    Then use the hyperloop

  • Psylent Fox
    Psylent Fox Day ago

    Ultimately they explain why high-speed rail isn't a thing: burdensome regulation and property rights. We can't do anything about property rights because simply you cannot deprive someone without due compensation, and ultimately the government (local or federal) only give small dollar for land when compared to private transactions. The only other thing we can consider is government regulation. When even the government of California is prevented from moving forward with a project due to the Yellow Beaked Horntail Blue Eyed Plump Plumed Swallow (of which only 500 remain in the world... of which there were only a few thousand to begin with) making their nesting grounds in the swampy areas of this very small area.... then maybe it is time to rethink the environmental regulations that reduce the burden?
    That and instead of building these high speed rails in the most populated places first, why not have them developed in the heartland where the ground is extremely flat and conducive to high speed rails? That way proofs of concept are...proven... and new manufacturing/building techniques can be discovered that then reduce the cost for implementing them in the tougher areas? I've done the 23 hour drive from El Paso to Alabama, and I can tell you that if I could of done that at 200 MPH for a fraction of what it would of cost me for a hotel, food, and gas... I would have taken it.
    Honestly, it comes down to dollars. Find a way to reduce regulation, reduce costs, AND MAKE IT FINANCIALLY VIABLE and then everything else will fall into place.
    Ultimately this comes down to government control: The market only accepts ideas that make sense, and pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into a project that has not proven itself sufficient WITHOUT constant infusions of tax payer dollars is a no-go. All of these "successful" super-rails are ultimately funded by the government with overall in-flow of cash being relatively inconsequential.
    We need more ways to generate high paying jobs and spend money that can be sustained through the economy at large, not add an additional sink to throw money in (Looking at AMTRAK...)

  • jasmine Rodriguez

    The Money will come from Thin Air.. The same way The Federal Reserve Makes Money out of Thin Air. The Money is already there They just Selfish.

  • R B
    R B Day 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

    Because the elites want to turn us all into slaves and don’t want the American people prosperous.

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    AH AH Day ago


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  • Louis Raskin
    Louis Raskin Day ago

    what do you know...Big Oil once again fk'd over the American people and the environment.

  • slader
    slader Day ago

    the us was build to be distroyed.

  • John Smythe
    John Smythe Day ago

    Because they have planes?

  • glenn kane
    glenn kane Day 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
    GeanerikC Day 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
    gamanin8 2 days 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 2 days ago

    Lily Lily knows the Truth....
    See below

  • Melanie Bell
    Melanie Bell 2 days ago +1

    We have the high speed class142 train in northern U.K. !

  • samuelm370
    samuelm370 2 days ago

    Yeah them pesky rights of ours

  • Maggie Aguilera
    Maggie Aguilera 2 days ago

    This would be so cool in the United States. Imagine people would travel more.

  • philip haden
    philip haden 2 days 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
    JohnSTF72 3 days 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 3 days ago


  • umberceri
    umberceri 3 days ago

    Oh yes show the crazies OAC and Bernie PLEASE! Get the inept govt out of it!

  • umberceri
    umberceri 3 days ago

    Yes China did it because they are totally in charge of everything in the country and culture!

  • umberceri
    umberceri 3 days 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
    umberceri 3 days 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
    Brendan Allin 3 days ago +1

    The U.S. has no high speed rails because we have high speed Camaro's

  • William Chew
    William Chew 3 days 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
    Munky Bidness 3 days ago

    You should move to China.

  • Cory Butdette
    Cory Butdette 3 days ago

    Because they dont have anybody to build it for free for them..like they had with railroads..

  • Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Daniels 3 days 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 3 days ago +1

    You can see how crooked the track is.

  • Mladen Vass
    Mladen Vass 3 days 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 3 days ago +1

    because you have a president who busy tweeting...

  • Orb
    Orb 3 days 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
    David Molinarolo 3 days ago

    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
    David Molinarolo 3 days ago

    In 5 years, this project will be featured on Science Channel's "Mysteries of the Abandoned"

  • Matt S. Y. Lam
    Matt S. Y. Lam 3 days ago +1

    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 3 days ago

    amrtak do 120 i'm impressed hi speed is 200 bug deal

  • Krzysztof Żurad
    Krzysztof Żurad 3 days ago

    Invest in the boring company and hyperloop!

  • Leigh Rich
    Leigh Rich 3 days ago

    High speed rail failed in CA

  • Leigh Rich
    Leigh Rich 3 days ago

    The Green New Deal

  • Leigh Rich
    Leigh Rich 3 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
    weitzfc1 3 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 3 days ago

    Fine if you want to walk after you get close to where you want to be.

  • Dan
    Dan 3 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 3 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
    Dan 3 days ago

    Liberals will ruin high speed rail just like California

  • Breeze li
    Breeze li 4 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
    texaswildcat2000 4 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 4 days ago +2

    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 4 days ago +1

    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
    iannickCZ 4 days ago

    in my coutry - Czechia - average train speed is about 54 mph (90kph).

  • Margret Situ
    Margret Situ 4 days ago

    If we could connect the US cities would be awesome.

  • Daryl Geslani
    Daryl Geslani 4 days ago

    Well, Germany is not able to complete an airport in Berlin in time. That is all I want to say.

  • xel lazarsa
    xel lazarsa 4 days ago

    This move is auto critic. It's can self distract a country. Pharaonic model of development.

  • John Burns
    John Burns 4 days ago +1

    You do not need to grade separate to get high-speed rail.

  • John Burns
    John Burns 4 days ago

    High-speed is 125mph minimum not 100-110mph. But not on an average, but peak.

  • Rin Please
    Rin Please 4 days ago

    Hyper loop technology is the future for travel between cities 3-5 hours from each other. Travels at 670mph

    BILAL BHATTI 4 days ago

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    BILAL BHATTI 4 days ago

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  • M Silveyra
    M Silveyra 4 days ago

    If California lacks the money to build this railway, why don’t they start a “ go-fund me” page with a set minimum for a shot to own a share of this corporation?

  • Rolando Perez
    Rolando Perez 4 days ago

    Because No one will use it a Waste of Taxpayer money... Besides look at Amtrack rates more Expensive than Flying. So easy math high speed higher price boil Down to no Customers

    • John Burns
      John Burns 4 days ago

      You need took a blind bit of notice of the vid.

  • WildDisease
    WildDisease 4 days ago +1

    Broke ass USA

  • Gimme your pin # mofo

    It's called losing.. automobiles won..

  • Handsome Toenail
    Handsome Toenail 4 days ago

    "..and then,..there's the U.S.." 🤦‍♂️ (LOL)

  • leonardimas1
    leonardimas1 4 days ago +1

    California has to face a not flat land?? and what you mean has swiss to deal with?? but we make it, with the longest tunnel on earth!!! btw. we have so many tunnel because we are a very mountain region, today most people go's with the train to work!! or look at France and England, this train go's under the sea channel from paris to london. your infrastructur is like a 3 world country. you spend only in military and for israel

  • 马健刚
    马健刚 4 days ago

    China: socialism or national Capitalism,working for community for future
    US:private Capitalism,working for capitalist for benifit
    for American they call this human rights and freedom,China really is dictator

  • saveur Djazairi
    saveur Djazairi 4 days ago +2

    the public transport in the USA is worse than anywhere in the world also the USA do not spend money for the poor that's all

  • saveur Djazairi
    saveur Djazairi 4 days ago

    because only the poor use train second class citizens

  • Slanj Bo
    Slanj Bo 4 days ago


  • Kiss two Gays
    Kiss two Gays 4 days ago

    We should legitimately just pay the Chinese to build a railway for us. Thats what we did back in the 1800’s and thats what they want to do anyway with their little belt and road initiative. Honestly I think i would be a positive but national pride my prevent us from doing it even if it would benefit both countries. Many countries in Africa have had Chinese companies build high speed rails and even Turkey has allowed the Chinese to build from the east to the west. If we have highways planes and rail the US would be a beast plus if were paying the Chinese they would have to meet certain conditions so there would be no risk in that way would could even work together and learn from each other.

  • Roy Vowels
    Roy Vowels 5 days ago

    Corporate shitbags....

  • Bram Bergs
    Bram Bergs 5 days ago

    I'd rather see Elon Musk going full blast "hold my beer" on this high speed train project than him shooting cars into outer space, just for the heck of it...

  • Douglas Dobson
    Douglas Dobson 5 days ago

    we have a high speed rail system, underground and only for Government employees with high security clearance. Google "Air Force Nuclear boring machine www.projectcamelot.org/underground_bases.html

  • Haweya Abdillahi Adhan
    Haweya Abdillahi Adhan 5 days ago +2

    America media has brainwashed its people thinking America is the greatest country on earth yes untillm they visited other countries

    • B. B.
      B. B. 2 days ago

      The United States is the greatest country in the world. More people migrate to the United States than any other country. I'm pretty sure the freedom... and the outstanding economy under President Trump convinces people to leave their own country and come the US instead.

  • Gerry Chen
    Gerry Chen 5 days ago

    Arrogant, greedy, Self-centred, Ignorant with full private interest on top of public well being

  • Blazing Dawn
    Blazing Dawn 5 days ago

    because infrastructures is a long term investment, like education, it creates tons of jobs, these people will need services, housing, food, and all sort that drives up the economy, it has the effect of a gold mine, but with infinite gold.

    • Blazing Dawn
      Blazing Dawn 5 days ago

      also, i would like to point out, one of the way you can reduce the cost, is to make more of it. why are soda cans so cheap? because trillions is the scale for the number of them being produced, this is how china manage to drive down the cost because they ramp up the scale.

  • Gregorius T
    Gregorius T 5 days ago +1

    The answer is very simple. The U.S. government is corrupt. Bought, and paid for, by the oil and auto industries, as well as, big pharma, airlines, and other corporate interests. Until the American people vote out the corrupt politicians, they will have to live in a backwards nation, as compared to the progressive Europeans, Asians, and perhaps one day, even Africa and the Middle East. The next time you chat with a Kentuckian, ask if the person voted for Mitch McConnell? And, why?

  • Tech Master
    Tech Master 5 days ago

    At this point, we should just skip rail and head straight to the hyperloop.

  • Daniel Buth
    Daniel Buth 5 days ago

    Narrator: "And then there is the US:"
    Train: \*dies\*

  • Andrés Prieto
    Andrés Prieto 5 days ago

    I just want to point out as a Madrileño that the footage at 3:38 isn't the high speed train from Madrid to Barcelona but the short distance cercanías

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    James Moran 5 days ago

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