Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

  • Published: 07 May 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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  • Lily Landstrom
    Lily Landstrom  3 hours back

    Awesome video! But, we have high speed rail in South Florida via the BrightLine! It currently runs West Palm Beach, Fort. Lauderdale, and Miami with upcoming expansions to Orlando. It is the first of it's kind in America and has become really important down here in the last year; wish you guys would've mentioned it because it is really influential in our economy and our laws!

    • Ladybug Noname
      Ladybug Noname  4 hours back

      Because Communist China was control of the US. They already own Califonia and burning peoples homes down or turning off thier power to force them out. Anyone who allows China to build a HSR here should be shot for treason...Communist pigs we are on to you.

      • Roy Roots
        Roy Roots  5 hours back

        Because someone is sending a lot of our money to other countries?

        • Smartkid2387
          Smartkid2387  6 hours back

          The US is behind in everything. Think how advanced this country could be if we spent money on the right things.

          • Yuli Deng
            Yuli Deng  7 hours back

            It's funny that you are all debuting on a topic that so well explained 50 years ago. Ever heard the book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"? GM, Ford, and those oil companies secured their success years ago, by destroying rail system in USA forever.
            And no, it's no an economic problem at all, it's politic. Remember how did you build the high way system 50 years ago, why money was not a problem at that time? Fed Gov paid for it, your state paid only 10%. Chine built it's high speed rail because the gov paid for it, USA can't since your gov don't want to pay for it. That's it...straight and simple.

            • THE REAL
              THE REAL  7 hours back

              cuz every liberal will huff 😤 and puff 😤 complain about in some kind of a way thats why

              since there all takin over 🇺🇸 real true facts of real life folks

              until (us REAL 🇺🇸s) steps it up and put em all on here 👉🏼⚰️ 👍🏼 where they all belong

              • Yuli Deng
                Yuli Deng  7 hours back

                'Eastern China, flatlands of japan, where they built the shinkansen....didn't incur the very high expense of boring and tunneling that we(CA) face '???? You got be kidding? Check this list:
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_railway_tunnels, guess who dominate the list?

                • bluesanyu Films
                  bluesanyu Films  8 hours back

                  Oh my.. Its like PRIDE and UFC..

                  • Hylin1125
                    Hylin1125  10 hours back

                    It's all about money. Not only are oil, auto, and aviation companies going to continue to push back and be successful at it. US currently just does not have the money to push this kind of budget through. It's really a wonder in the US how everyone, from federal and state government down to the individual people are so saddled with debt, yet America is so much behind in infrastructure compare to some of the other developed nations now. It's a good time to question if capitalism is still good at all, and why the money are all flowing to the wrong people and places.

                    • A C
                      A C  10 hours back

                      So wabtec stock
                      for high speed rail ?

                      • Justin Brown
                        Justin Brown  14 hours back

                        Since you mentioned Florida you should've added how Obama gave us billions for a statewide connected Rail system but then Governor (now Senator lol) Rick Scott denied that "handout" as he called it... Florida sucks

                        • Andy
                          Andy  15 hours back

                          The EU has the second largest highspeed railway network. The goal is 31.000 km by 2030.

                          • J Reifsnyder
                            J Reifsnyder  16 hours back

                            Because Americans love their cars, trucks and vans and it's easier to build an airport than rail beds - Americans fly from one end of the country to the other

                            • Jay Belafonte
                              Jay Belafonte  21 hours back

                              There’s a going conspiracy that some of the California Wildfires have been set up strategically. Placed in former hard to attain real estate areas throughout California to build the future high speed rail system.

                              • Jay Belafonte
                                Jay Belafonte  21 hours back

                                It’s pretty simple the US makes all its money from AirLine travel and has invested trillions into Air infrastructure. High speed trains would put a large dent into that industry. Plus it would require a complete infrastructure redevelopment, along with acquiring a huge amount of property an dispersal of people and homes.

                                • Carlos Rafael
                                  Carlos Rafael  23 hours back

                                  and blaming China for climate change is the another auto and petrol lobbyist creation..

                                  • MrRod
                                    MrRod  1 days back

                                    Because people rather fly...

                                    • Alpha QuickShip
                                      Alpha QuickShip  1 days back

                                      Easy solution for budget. We are in peacetime so we don't need military bases in every country in the world. President Trump submitted his request to Congress for $639 billion in military spending

                                      • Biglambo0123
                                        Biglambo0123  1 days back

                                        So looking at these comments I've come to the conclusion that y'all just mad that america has more cars

                                        • 不要懷疑
                                          不要懷疑  1 days back


                                          • Terrificbox95
                                            Terrificbox95  1 days back

                                            #1 reason for high cost is due to politicians filling their pockets first. Sad.

                                            • Johan Janssens
                                              Johan Janssens  1 days back

                                              I live in the South-West of France. My girlfriend travels every so often to go to see her family in Belgium. An 850 Km trip, per TGV. She is 5 hours underway and it costs her about 45 (forty-five) Euro single trip. 90 Euro back and forth. Beat that, USA.

                                              • Allan Morrison
                                                Allan Morrison  52 minutes back

                                                I just drove the same distance, Got a call at 3 pm that I needed to be in SoCal by 8 am from Sacramento, and I had to pick up my sister and nephew in Lake Tahoe. With a nissian Altima, 4 of us made Socal on one tank of gas and had a car to drive while there. TGV can't beat the price or the flexiability.

                                            • Just Riss
                                              Just Riss  1 days back

                                              We will never get rails as long as big oil companies run this backwards country.

                                              • Jarynn
                                                Jarynn  13 hours back

                                                We'll mostly never get rail because US cities arent laid out in a way that makes it effective. Even the fastest train cant hope to come close to the speed of a regional airliner. And the airliner requires a total of 2 miles of concrete, whether you are talking Chicago to St Louis or New York City to Los Angeles. And since, whether you go plane or train, you'll be dropped off on the edge of town and need to rent a car anyway... Might as well get there quicker.

                                            • Trevor Hutcheson
                                              Trevor Hutcheson  1 days back

                                              we do love our cars and we should appreciate the luxury of being able to own one without having to win the lottery

                                              • Subgunman
                                                Subgunman  1 days back

                                                Lets not forget LBJ in the sixties, he taxed the living sh!t out of rail lines forcing transportation of goods over to trucking companies. Not the best for green living. Just adds to pollution and money into big oil pockets. Bring rail back.

                                                • Jarynn
                                                  Jarynn  13 hours back

                                                  Freight rail never went anywhere. The US still boasts the most effective rail system in the world when it comes to transporting goods.

                                              • Maria Montolla
                                                Maria Montolla  2 days back

                                                They doing the same thing with celll phones. Now we are forces ton have 5G

                                                • Turning Null
                                                  Turning Null  2 days back

                                                  Is simple,because the US don't like it,lol

                                                  • Gargantuan Nguyễn
                                                    Gargantuan Nguyễn  2 days back

                                                    OK USA bring in the HyperLoop🎢🤩

                                                    • Annie S.
                                                      Annie S.  2 days back

                                                      Why the US has no (insert almost everything Western Europe and developed parts of Asia have).

                                                      • Mideum Hur
                                                        Mideum Hur  2 days back

                                                        I really want a project for Vancouver to seattle bullet train. Going through mt. Vernon & Bellingham. I would be in seattle to Vancouver in less than one hour. If the train goes 200mph.

                                                        • Malvinder kaur
                                                          Malvinder kaur  2 days back

                                                          really why not..LA to DC 3 days? that too in cramped seat… but then push is coming to shove for last 10 years and I will not give my final kick where it is going to put this obsessed blocker in grave. of course FEDeral banks paid for all that sprucing up and still does… that is what struggling with problems Nations have to do. they just mint /print money only to back few.

                                                          • fireball39279
                                                            fireball39279  2 days back

                                                            America, Tthe war-loving country. They make bombs with all the money they don't have. And they say it will make the world much safer. Got it!

                                                            • Christopher Santana
                                                              Christopher Santana  2 days back

                                                              At 0:39 that video was taken in Joliet, Illinois 😂💀

                                                              • Guy Tar
                                                                Guy Tar  3 days back

                                                                hsr....just opt for the much safer 737 max with all its safety features

                                                                • Devin Batcheller
                                                                  Devin Batcheller  3 days back

                                                                  9/10 times the MBTA has a delay. Especially the commuter rails! Within the last week there has been a delay every single day because of signal failure, traffic with other trains and general train problems. Fix what we already have!

                                                                  • ck 1
                                                                    ck 1  3 days back

                                                                    We have high speed trains in america the acela express is one

                                                                    • Xingzhi Wang
                                                                      Xingzhi Wang  14 hours back

                                                                      Sure, the price tag definitely says express.

                                                                  • loudm0uth
                                                                    loudm0uth  3 days back

                                                                    Trash liberals enriching themselves with these federal funds. No thank you. Politicians dont touch the trains as they drive their 50 thousand dollar car.. They have no space, crazy, rude, violent mentally ill people ride them, making them dangerous. Privatise it and if it works then fine. I like my privacy in my vehicle.

                                                                    • Graue Eminenz
                                                                      Graue Eminenz  3 days back

                                                                      No regulations in France and Germany? Easy terrain in Japan? Haha, try again...

                                                                      • sayam Abu sadat md
                                                                        sayam Abu sadat md  3 days back

                                                                        Why us has no security!!!!!!

                                                                        • James Preston
                                                                          James Preston  3 days back

                                                                          Because the drug addicts and welfarians want to be paid for being worthless.

                                                                          • Michiko Littleton
                                                                            Michiko Littleton  3 days back

                                                                            Oil and money worshipers. The USA 🐸

                                                                            • DaySurge
                                                                              DaySurge  3 days back

                                                                              AMTRAK. a highly subsidized government institution. High speed rail in California was a sham. Billions of dollars wasted, swaths of agricultural land taken out of production, businesses removed to make room for the rail system, bridges replaced with new ones to accommodate the high speed rail and the list goes on. A majority of Californians woke up to the extreme expense of high speed rail yet government kept shoving HSR down our throats. Finally the Feds pulled their funding and everything was stopped. Thank goodness. Amtrak is a money loser.

                                                                              • moi
                                                                                moi  4 days back

                                                                                choo choo

                                                                                • Ameya Kasture
                                                                                  Ameya Kasture  4 days back

                                                                                  Building more roads solve the problem!

                                                                                  • saturn0660
                                                                                    saturn0660  4 days back

                                                                                    Because it goes nowhere you wanna go..

                                                                                    • River W Cheng
                                                                                      River W Cheng  4 days back

                                                                                      Different national conditions such as population, parties, and policy.

                                                                                      • KC Men
                                                                                        KC Men  4 days back

                                                                                        Only thing I hear is we can’t because of blah BS blah BS money millions BS where are we going to get the money blah blah

                                                                                        • 中国是我爹,
                                                                                          中国是我爹,  4 days back

                                                                                          USA: Chinese HSR stole my technology.
                                                                                          CN: But you don't have HSR.
                                                                                          USA: Yeah, because you stole it.

                                                                                          • 中国是我爹,
                                                                                            中国是我爹,  16 hours back

                                                                                            @Kangiten If you think you can deal with China with the same way you treat democratic countries, then you are wrong.
                                                                                            Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan...Every time there is anti-government force in China, the United States supports them. As they did in other countries.
                                                                                            But China is still not divided because it is not democracy.

                                                                                          • Kangiten
                                                                                            Kangiten  1 days back

                                                                                            Free Hong Kong

                                                                                          • TheFriend2u
                                                                                            TheFriend2u  1 days back

                                                                                            @si Markeyan whatever you may claim about US ability, your unpredictable government & their policies, have erroded away trustworthyness of US, on the global sense. So far, we have witness nothing to impress us, except threats & self-glorifying speeches.

                                                                                          • Brutus Tan
                                                                                            Brutus Tan  1 days back

                                                                                            @si Markeyan really? those are your arguments?

                                                                                          • si Markeyan
                                                                                            si Markeyan  3 days back

                                                                                            Im not for a war. Im just saying americans will always look for better skills