[ACHTUNG! LONG READ!]
France has the TGV, Japan has HyperDia (so on time that delays are measured in seconds, not minutes or hours). America has Amtrak. Once a proud passenger rail corporation, Amtrak has been dragged along by Congress and kept in a vegetative state where rails are mis-maintained, where growth is stymied, and where speeds are retarded.
Why? Like the Chicken and the Egg, do people not ride Amtrak because it’s slow or is Amtrak slow because its ridership is artificially low? And what hope does it have?
Click to read at: National Journal