High speed rail falters in US, booms in China and elsewhere

In 2008, California voters approved a $9.4 billion proposition to build a High Speed Rail network in California. The trains will reach speeds over 200 mph. Construction may start as soon as 2011 and will take years to complete.

If NIMIBYs don’t block it, that is. Meanwhile China plans high speed rail to Europe and are light years ahead of us on this. So are many other countries.

Do we ever stop arguing in this country? Or consider that maybe litigation shouldn’t be the primary way to resolve problems?

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