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We could take cues from them in just about everything, in all honesty.

No we can't. Germany is not America. We still spend more on R&D by an order of magnitude, but implementation is falling by the wayside. We have slightly more pressing issues than transportation like our national debt.

The National highway system is the largest civil engineering feat in the history of the world. It just needs to be updated, but America was never about public transportation, rather owning a car was long thought of as apart of the American dream or a right of passage and its still that way. Until this mindset changes, we can never invest as much in public transportation as we should.

I recently drove from Texas to Boston and the sheer size is a thing of inspiration. It felt like there were no boundaries. The trip span 2000(4000 to and from) miles and 48hrs(96hrs)

Sorry, I do want a high speed rail, but the same things were said about flight before it became mainstream. Now flying is more hassle than convenience.
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No we can't. Germany is not America. We still spend more on R&D by an order of magnitude, but implementation is falling by the wayside. We have slightly more pressing issues than transportation like our national debt.
The National highway system is the largest civil engineering feat in the history of the world. It just needs to be updated, but America was never about public transportation, rather owning a car was long thought of as apart of the American dream or a right of passage and its still that way. Until this mindset changes, we can never invest as much in public transportation as we should.
I recently drove from Texas to Boston and the sheer size is a thing of inspiration. It felt like there were no boundaries. The trip span 2000(4000 to and from) miles and 48hrs(96hrs)
Sorry, I do want a high speed rail, but the same things were said about flight before it became mainstream. Now flying is more hassle than convenience.

"Could" was the operative word in my statement. Doesn't mean we will, unfortunately. At least not yet.

When fuel reaches $20/gal., I predict that mindset to change rather rapidly. biggrin.gif

Also, the "American Dream" doesn't exist.
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Comparing Germany's transportation system to the entire USA's is silly. European countries have much high population densities. Not to mention the fact that it isn't a direct comparison. Compare Germany to most major metropolitan cities. There is this prevailing notion that Americans are too stupid to know they need a costly rail system throughout the country. The fact is, people understand that the cost to benefit ratio does not warrant the investment from the public sector. It's not about some country bumpkin afraid of progress. Why do you think skyscrapers suddenly don't spring up in small towns in the boonies? The land is certainly cheaper, no? There are factors that can't be met such as available workforce, access to resources, etc. However, if a private company thinks that they could make it profitable then have at it.
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I'm not saying it necessarily needs to be publicly funded, I don't really care if it's public, private or a mix of both. Either way it still needs to happen IMO.

Personally, I utterly despise needing to own a car to get anywhere (and have to fork over for the gas and insurance) so it would be a very welcome change. I could also work further away from home and the commute would be less of a hassle.
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