Originally Posted by Taylor514ce
I've asked myself, and anyone else who'd listen, that question for years. If any country needs high-speed rail, it's the U.S. (and Canada).
I don't think there is a rational explanation. I suspect the automotive industry is to blame. The United States definitely has a Car Culture.
What's crazy is that there's rail all over the place... but very little passenger rail service, and what there is is overpriced and inconvenient.
For example, there's a Boston-Portland run, and a Boston-Washington D.C. run, both operated by Amtrak. Do they connect? Heck no. You have a 1-mile connection hike to manage via subway, taxi, or whatever, between North Station and South Station in Boston. Bleah.