Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

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


  1. AznPride

    AznPrideHour 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?

  2. Martin

    Martin2 hours ago

    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.

  3. TheNewHope

    TheNewHope2 hours ago

    because the USA is a 3rd World country

  4. Sam Stan

    Sam Stan3 hours ago

    OK nice u.S small country in europe do sht better-- EUROPEAN HIGH SPEED RAIL LUX TORPEDA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxtorpeda

  5. Turning Null

    Turning Null7 hours ago

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

  6. Francis Tan

    Francis Tan10 hours ago

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

  7. Jerry Bush

    Jerry Bush19 hours ago

    It's all corruption at its finest

  8. Avi Gindratt

    Avi Gindratt20 hours ago

    BEcause conservatives hate good things


    /OSUCHABRO20 hours ago

    Also only drink bottled water in the US because their water purification infrastructure is old and outdated compared to Europe.

  10. Panthera

    Panthera22 hours ago

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

  11. Clandestino Fronteras Valemadrista

    Clandestino Fronteras ValemadristaDay ago

    Why? Plutocracy...that’s why.

  12. Eloy Perez

    Eloy PerezDay ago

    So sad,,,

  13. Chuck Kirkpatrick

    Chuck KirkpatrickDay ago


  14. ruth depew

    ruth depewDay ago

    We have a trillion dollar military instead.

  15. Rolo Rolo

    Rolo RoloDay ago

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

  16. Oofus Doofus

    Oofus DoofusDay ago

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

  17. Avi Gindratt

    Avi Gindratt20 hours ago

    Damn your name really suits you

  18. Silvesta

    Silvesta2 days ago

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

  19. Katten i slakten

    Katten i slakten2 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

  20. Iris Juliete

    Iris Juliete2 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.

  21. Glenn Erwin

    Glenn Erwin2 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.

  22. 刘super

    刘super2 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

  23. Bitrey

    Bitrey2 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

  24. Yours

    Yours2 days ago

    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.

  25. Bitrey

    Bitrey2 days ago

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

  26. Joshua Moore

    Joshua Moore2 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

  27. Matthew Nord

    Matthew Nord3 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.

  28. Bob Jennings

    Bob Jennings3 days ago

    Simple answer: We have some decrepit freight railroads.

  29. David Tuer

    David Tuer3 days ago

    Very interesting documentary. It might be said that the automobile was the making of American financial strength. Now it might be its nemesis.

  30. Leon Eden

    Leon Eden3 days ago

    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.

  31. Chen Uy

    Chen Uy9 hours ago

    China's shanghai to beijing is very profitable..

  32. Rus Lemus

    Rus Lemus3 days ago

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

  33. Gabriel Abbott

    Gabriel Abbott3 days ago

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

  34. Bitrey

    Bitrey2 days ago

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

  35. OneGuyOnAScooter

    OneGuyOnAScooter3 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.

  36. OneGuyOnAScooter

    OneGuyOnAScooter3 days ago

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

  37. Sam Stan

    Sam Stan3 hours ago


  38. manjelos

    manjelosDay 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...

  39. LaMb sAuCE

    LaMb sAuCE3 days ago

    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.

  40. Byron Allen

    Byron Allen3 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.

  41. Eric Chen

    Eric Chen4 days ago

    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.

  42. DOHC 106

    DOHC 1064 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.

  43. Mike G

    Mike G4 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 ...

  44. Byungsoo Choi

    Byungsoo Choi4 days ago

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

  45. Minsung has Jimin’s jams , Hyngwon meme queen

    Minsung has Jimin’s jams , Hyngwon meme queen4 days ago

    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

  46. Mark P.

    Mark P.4 days ago

    This subject has to be the number two subject that people seem to get themselves all worked up about behind only abortion. The Euro lovers think Europe has all the answers while many want to compare China to the US when that is totally an unreasonable comparison. China can do as they please without any input from their citizens. If they want to build a railroad where your house is they simply tear down your house. Again they can do what they want and spend as much as they want on their projects. Europe on the other hand is so small and trains have played such an important role in the past there that they just make tons of sense to the public. In the US once you leave the major cities trains are seldom considered as a reasonable choice for travel. There are people who never ride a train in their entire life in the US other than maybe at Disney World. To convince the citizens of Indiana it's a good idea to spend billions of Federal Tax dollars to build a high speed rail line from NYC to Miami is almost impossible. Not to mention to the people of NC which the train will pass through but not stop in. I like trains and use Amtrak and have ridden trains in several European countries but understand that train transportation a subject like sports, religion and abortion people just tend to want to argue about.

  47. Movin' On Bob

    Movin' On Bob4 days ago

    These people are idiots.

  48. Allison

    Allison5 days ago

    But Canada also has them

  49. Brandon Zurvalec

    Brandon Zurvalec5 days ago

    The day we get big money out of our politics (an issue mainstream media outlets like CNBC are paid not to cover), we will join the 21st century and have the kind of infrastructure, renewable energy technology, etc. that the wealthiest country IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD should have. But until then, our political "decisions" will be made not according to what is best for the country as a whole but rather, what is best for the bottom lines of Shell Oil, Merck, Goldman Sachs, etc. As of now, you're voting for this kind of corruption anytime you vote for a Republican candidate and also at least 90 percent of the time you vote for a Democrat. And regarding the latter, it wasn't like that in the mid-20th century but the Democrats started selling out to big money interests in or about the 1970s and at this point, most of them are virtually indistinguishable from Republicans on economic issues. So if you care about the issues above (and most people in this comments section seem to), I would challenge you to refuse to vote for any political candidate who accepts campaign contributions from big money interests. And yes, I'll just say it, I'm generally talking about "Progressive" Democratic candidates, here (e.g. Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, AOC, etc.).

  50. Waikiki Surf Lesson

    Waikiki Surf Lesson5 days ago

    In July went from Tokyo to Osaka on the Nozomi. Next month I'm flying into Osaka and taking the Nozomi to Tokyo again. Thank you Japan. Hawaii is so corrupt low speed rail takes forever to build and keeps costing us $$$$$$

  51. CraZy's Gaming Channel

    CraZy's Gaming Channel5 days ago

    6:35 Probably going to get railed for saying this but... Trump isn’t wrong. He said the project was cancelled and claimed it was a massive failure. It was. Tax payers spent billions of dollars for a failed project. If anyone should be angry about this it should be us.

  52. Mel Tan

    Mel Tan5 days ago

    It is more important to fund the southern border wall for the safety of every American than building that high speed railway in California.

  53. Random Persona

    Random PersonaDay ago

    @Mel Tan I'm an anarchist anyhow lol. Freedom>literally anything

  54. Mel Tan

    Mel Tan2 days ago

    @Random Persona The border wall will not make it easy for criminals, human traffickers, drug cartels and illegal aliens to cross our borders. American safety first! That speed train can wait!

  55. Random Persona

    Random Persona2 days ago

    @Mel Tan they'll build the wall, they'll take our guns and then we'll literally be in a prison. Trump put in more gun control than Obama.

  56. Random Persona

    Random Persona2 days ago

    @Mel Tan there is no difference in rate in violent crimes

  57. Random Persona

    Random Persona2 days ago

    @Mel Tan restricting people's natural born freedom of movement is a way to do that mhm

  58. Gary Katzenmaier

    Gary Katzenmaier5 days ago

    it is too slow

  59. Vance Wade

    Vance Wade6 days ago

    The United states takes money for they own reason that's why we got the Chinese government vs United states government and that's China people are winning because they take care of they people

  60. ranin Mudappa

    ranin Mudappa6 days ago

    Unfortunately - we are more worried about military spending, "freedoms" = shooting AK-47s at beer cans and making everything great again. Lobbyists always win.

  61. hgauomn

    hgauomn2 days ago

    A lot of lobbyists are Jewish.

  62. Bitrey

    Bitrey5 days ago

    Sad but true

  63. Edgar Dominguez

    Edgar Dominguez6 days ago

    The us rail system will increase our economy. It will be a good boost. Especially if we connect to other states that will be great .

  64. Larry Bergquist

    Larry Bergquist6 days ago

    The amtrak train in Washington, with a full load of execs did not get a land easement or build a speed curve, as a 1 degree speed curve instead they toppled on a 12 mph sharp bend, at 65 mph, onto the I 5 highway, killing some, this sharp curve you would find in a switching slow speed yard, and shown worldwide on TV, utterly stupid, shows no engineering at all.

  65. Larry Bergquist

    Larry Bergquist6 days ago

    if you dont have any engineering /no funding, you can make one ft inward each 100 ft, and it would give a speed curve, that wasn t even done. American engineering is supposed to be leading. All or most wars even Viet nam war was started by hoax of oil in Mei Cong delta, which did not happen, pushed by oil companies; grabbing oil, pipelines, in far off countries before fracking discovered. The oil was for cars, planes, big trucks, even to waste it, in USA.

  66. Love is genius

    Love is genius6 days ago

    Rather many of USA "problems" are because of oil. I mean USA doesnt have a decent rail mainly because of oil. Due to competition, oil companies prevent the development of rail (which is a problem). USA goes to wars against countries filled with oil (which is also a problem)... If oil would disappear, then it would be many times easier for USA to develop rail, also USA would have many times less amount of wars, and by that USA would have less amount of problems.

  67. Ace Mon

    Ace Mon6 days ago

    Pure propaganda. California scaled back their train to a link between two go-nowhere towns and the cost has gone from a claimed $7 billion to an actual $77 billion. Unlike China, California can't simply take land away from the owners and ignore environmental laws. They also can't restructure their cities to accommodate the new tracks needed for faster trains. What was supposed to be high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston was quickly described as "faster rail" and let's see if the private investors break even, let alone see a profit. I'm not anti-rail, nor am I connected with the gasoline or car or construction industries - I'm just a ordinary guy willing to do some research and see the actual facts, not the dreamy dreams.

  68. Bitrey

    Bitrey5 days ago

    Apparently there's always room and money for new roads, but not for rails :/

  69. Adel Annapolis

    Adel Annapolis6 days ago

    Actually I've been always asking myself "why USA doesn't have this project" and am not from USA .... heck, I've never even been there but it was awkward to me

  70. Justin Hooker

    Justin Hooker7 days ago

    Life is crazy

  71. Mateusz Portka

    Mateusz Portka7 days ago

    'flatlands of japan'?? and he says US faces more borin g and tunneling and more mountains than japan's railroad??? REALLY??!?!

  72. Lorenzo Sanchez

    Lorenzo Sanchez7 days ago

    Rail road can go to your garage , in front of your car

  73. Pratik Modi

    Pratik Modi7 days ago

    Why dont the invest in hyperloops directly !!?

  74. Martin Alvarado

    Martin Alvarado7 days ago

    Maybe you should call the Mexicans. They will help you, make America great, again

  75. Kelandry Yemrot

    Kelandry Yemrot7 days ago

    I've been begging for good mass transport and high speed rails in the U.S. for years and I actually thought ya'll might give me a good reason why we don't have it. But the real reason is just corruption and not using our money wisely.

  76. Bitrey

    Bitrey5 days ago

    I'm sorry for you guys, I'm Italian and I always complain about the trains being 5 - 10 minutes late, but I realize I should appreciate the fact that we, like most of Europe, at least have a good and cheap high speed rail

  77. Cagiest Quasar

    Cagiest Quasar8 days ago

    What do yah know..... the rich auto and oil elites changed the system so that they made billions....... isnt america grrrrreat.... 🙄😒 smh