When will the USA have bullet trains?
- 1 month ago
We really could use it. Airports are a problem and highways east of the Mississippi are always jammed. Taking a train is simpler. Going cross country in a train and making a profit can be a challenge. As an engineer I know something about the problems. First, the government here in the US just couldn't do it economically. They would be better off to hire the private sector to do most of it like they did in the 19th century with incentives to finish at a certain date. China did a great job with their rail system over the last 10 years but we hear stories now that there was corruption and quite a bit of debt that hasn't been paid off along the way. Still, they got it done and have a modern and wonderful system that travels through many small towns and cities. There was some of that when we built our system also in the 19th century but today it might even be a bigger mess with total transparency. Engineering wise we could do it and it would be the best in the world.
- JoeLv 61 month ago
Don't you think this country has enough bullets ??
- 1 month ago
They probably aren't popular enough to be used
- ZheiaLv 62 months ago
The US has a good domestic airline network so a bullet train probably would not make a great deal of difference.
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- StarryskyLv 72 months ago
USA will have to "bite the bullet" (pun intended) and fund Musk's underground supersonic pneumatic/maglev tube people capsules system. Won't bother anyone, not unsightly, plenty of space if you stay away from pipelines.
Claustrophobes will have to stick to bicycles and motorcycles.
Oops, forgot about where to stack all the tailings the tunneling machines leave behind. Maybe in Grand Canyon? Build islands off the coasts?
- Rona LachatLv 72 months ago
As a national network never.
In select places between a few points faster trains are possible in a decade or two.
Doubtful they would reach the speeds other countries can have on their trains.
USA missed the chance of providing rail space when they started the interstate highway system when most of the land near the road right of way was vacant.
- regeruggedLv 72 months ago
Never. We have the world's most complete collection of airports. Trains are not needed.
- JetDocLv 72 months ago
NEVER! It costs too much to build the high-speed rail lines required to make "bullet trains" practical. Airplanes will continue to be the preferred method of high-speed transport in the USA.
- Trump 2020Lv 72 months ago
The vast majority of lands these trains would have to travel through are privately owned, and who wants a noisy train whizzing past their bedroom window, shaking the house off it's foundation or tracks cutting their property in half?. People have to agree to allow tracks through their property, and they aren't having it. They fight it in courts, and though they may lose in the end, it sometimes takes 20 or 30 years. After all that, the costs have doubled or tripled, and the programs often go away quietly, like Governor Brown's train project in California.
- paulLv 72 months ago
when you pay for them