Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, May 7, 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.» Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC» Subscribe to CNBC TV: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision» Subscribe to CNBC Classic: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassicAbout CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more.Connect with CNBC News OnlineGet the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBCFollow CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBCFollow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBCFollow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC#CNBC#HighSpeedRailWhy The US Has No High-Speed Rail
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  • Mally Umansky

     2 months ago

    High speed rail? Hell some cities in the USA can't even get a light rail system lmao 😂 😂😂 😂

  • fLAK

     8 hours ago

    @CHAWRAK Axom Every city in india with over 1 million people won't even have 100k toilets by 2024

  • Lawrence Leung

     3 days ago

    Hey we are talking about high speed rail. You are talking light rail?!?! Put a train in the middle of a busy street?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WTF!!!! No wonder the N American rail systems are so F miserable.

  • Bert Canepa

     13 days ago

    We don't have "high speed" rail because we have "high speed" corruption.

  • The pum pum eater

     2 days ago

    Obamas High speed Bus plan would have been amazing..smh

  • Marta Laura Zayas

     3 days ago

    I love that Bert Canepa, you are so right.

  • Thunk Junk

     16 days ago

    I'd rather be on a train than in a driverless car.

  • Douglas Dobson

     2 days ago

    I'd rather stay home lol

  • Andy Bowker

     3 days ago

    @terence francis all I'll say to you is there's a lot more going on than what the mainstream media feed us.

  • bobertr69

     16 days ago

    We went to the moon but can't find better transportation? Yeah, we have issues, corruption thats it.

  • Luna EB


    never sent man to the moon, usa lie. and trump keeps saying america is the best, we such in infrastructure, the metro in dc breaks done every week.

  • Nonix Nonsense


    @A Paid NASA Shill yep

  • Bagledog5000

     22 days ago

    High speed rail in Japan works like this:Walk up to the ticket office and get your ticket.Go to your platform.The train pulls in on time. You get on the train, and sit down.The train pulls out on time. No sitting on a tarmac for an hour or so, that was nice wasn't it? The ride is smooth as silk, the seats plush and roomy, and you take it for granted that you'll arrive at your stop on time, not knowing how unusual something like that is in the states.You arrive on time and get off the train. No...

  • Ivan Perlaza


    @michael henderson That video depicts

  • Ivan Perlaza


    @michael henderson That's their inner city subway system, not their multi-city high speed rail. And he is comparing rail to aviation within cities on the same continent. A plane will not come to your front door either.

  • Pim Scholten

     2 months ago

    So many excuses.. High speed rail in Germany and France goes right through densly populated and mountainous regions.

  • Jordanfg Fox

     12 days ago

    And it's Germany they lost in World War II they still owe debt but still managed to make a better Railway system it makes you question 🤔😒

  • bobertr69

     16 days ago

    I can tell none of you have been to outher countries. In japan its cheaper to use the train than to own a vehicle. If we start to get trains everywhere, insurance companies will have to lower prices, gas prices will lower, death from motor vehicles will drastically lesson. America needs to stop waiting for the last minute. There's also other benefits too, JOBS. You dont have to live in the city to have a job in the city, you can have it while living an hr away for driving but by train 20 minutes....

  • David Shepherd

     21 days ago

    Ah the US, the home of putting personal profit well ahead of community well being

  • David Reece

     2 days ago

    @mjzyt So now I'm an idiot? Your credibility has dropped to ZERO. Have a nice day.

  • mjzyt

     3 days ago

    @David Reece idiot. you do know very well, that the OECD bandwith of tax rates is between 25% and 57%..i am proud co-owner of a lot of useful infrastructure in Europe. High value for small price.And i can buy with only 50% of my overall income the same amount of goods and services as you Americans can for 70% of your overall income. Plus: we have rails, health care, free universities, common natural resources...

  • Christopher Pan

     7 days ago

    No mountain in China? No high speed train tunnels needed in China? How ignorant can these guys be?

  • Newchenyufeng Chenyufeng

     6 days ago

    Christopher Pan agree, but they’re more cost than you can imagine

  • Dave Price

     10 days ago

    i wanted to go from Cleveland to North Carolina by rail. it was 4 1/2 days, Each Way. this is a 12 hour drive. America's passenger rail is a complete FAILURE.

  • Norman Chan

     3 days ago

    @ZxSkyLineKidxZ you get that right,bro!

  • ZxSkyLineKidxZ

     3 days ago

    @Norman Chan Dude, you can't compare the both hahaha our railway system overall in the US is a mess 😭

  • Garras DeOso

     20 days ago

    They want people to keep buying gas and cars and it earns them alot of money with gas

  • Buds889

     4 days ago

    70-80 years ago yes, but gasoline accounts for less than 10% of the oil industries production in modern times. The majority, oddly countering this video, is high-sulfur diesel fuel for trains & freight ships. The auto & oil industry did have a large part in tipping the scales in the 40-50s towards automobiles but they absolutely are not the culprit for keeping rail out of the states that issue lies in the government not being able to annex large swaths of land to build tracks.

  • profquad

     8 days ago

    and tires!