Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationRail · 8 months ago

When will the USA have bullet trains?

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  • 8 months 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.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Don't you think this country has enough bullets ??

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    They probably aren't popular enough to be used 

  • Zheia
    Lv 6
    8 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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  • 8 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?

  • 8 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.

  • 8 months ago

    Never. We have the world's most complete collection of airports. Trains are not needed.

  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    8 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.

  • 8 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.

  • paul
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    when you pay for them

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