America is a car country. We always have been, and we probably always will be. But as much as we all love driving, we have to recognize that there are some downsides to not having a first-rate rail system like Europe or Japan.
Let's face it — America's rail system is for shit. I can personally attest that Amtrak is decent if you're traveling up and down the East Coast, but it's hardly ideal for a cross-country trip. As Jalopnik writer emeritus Sam "Oversteer My Bagel" Smith once, wrote, we're one of the richest, most high-tech nations on Earth. So why can't do a little better at implementing a fast, affordable rail system? More commuters and travelers taking the train means fewer cars on the road for us gearheads, so it's a win-win.
Let's say our country decided to really get serious about high-speed rail. Well, America's a big place — what should such a system look like?
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