Why can't the US build basic rail?

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
Railways and other transport infrastructure should not need to run at a profit. Hood transport infrastructure brings economic benefits to the areas it connects, thus it's worth subsidising it. If it does run at a profit, that's a bonus.
Correct. If the “public benefit” is large enough, there is no reason to expect or demand that a service must be profitable if it serves a real need.
 
Feb 2019
823
Pennsylvania, US
But if one wants to go from Boston to Los Angeles, does one actually have any good high-speed rail options?
For about $200-$300, you can get from Boston to Los Angeles in about 80 hours using Amtrak... if you want to take the express, it costs more but it cuts down the travel time by 10 hrs. I have some friends who took the train from Philadelphia area to Los Angeles and they enjoyed it.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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For about $200-$300, you can get from Boston to Los Angeles in about 80 hours using Amtrak... if you want to take the express, it costs more but it cuts down the travel time by 10 hrs. I have some friends who took the train from Philadelphia area to Los Angeles and they enjoyed it.
What about from Boston to Dallas or to Houston?
 

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
Unions can definitely be obstinate and strike-prone. Look at the dispute about guards in UK, that has gone on for over a year. Enough already.
True. American workers tend not to strike like they do in France, for example.
 

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
China doesn't seem to believe that's the case - it is investing a lot in high speed rail.
That’s terrific for China but what is car ownership among the Chinese population and how is the domestic highway system say, in relation to the US?
 

sculptingman

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Oct 2009
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San Diego
because the working class has been conned into refusing to tax the one sector of society that can AFFORD taxation in a capitalist economy... the rich, and corporations.

Convinced that their own government is a "bad" thing... the US electorate has been agreeing to UNDERFUND government for 35 years now.
As a result, the government racks up monumental debt just to provide minimal services that the people still require... and the massive military that the electorate has been hoodwinked into thinking is necessary.
 

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
LOL

Maybe there's something called railophobia.;)

Americans prefer automobiles over trains, period. Outside of the Northeast Corridor, cars are more convenient and get from point A to point B much faster. West of the Mississippi, if you need to choose between a car and a train, choose the car, and when you get “there”, you won’t need to rent a car to get around. Airplanes are something else again with its own hassles.
 
Jun 2019
61
St.Petersburg
Japan is much smaller than the United States, and has an excellent network of Shinkansen, but even in Japan it is cheaper and faster to get from Sapporo to Hiroshima by plane. Developed railways are the prerogative of small and centralized countries, or countries with poor populations.