Americans love convenience,
this is stating the obvious, what I mean by this is very few American's are going to ditch their cars for a train ride, where they'll find themselves on the other end car-less, and having to shell out more money to rent another car on the other end.
- American is a very unfriendly country to try and navigate by foot, most cities are built around the assumption you will be exploring them via 2 tons of steel, this makes walking pretty much impossible and defiantly undesirable.
American's don't fly short distances, except for business and the occasional second family, flying is itself an inconvenience, having to limit oneself to such a small amount of clothing and accessories. In fact a lot of American's drive excessive distances just to avoid having to go without 13 different pair of shoes for a week vacation.
|Average amount of luggage needed for an America women to go to Las Vegas...for a weekend!|
Huge distances mean 300kph gets dwarfed quickly by the speed of planes. for instance,
300kph train (with no stops, HA!) Time in airNew York City to Miami, Fl
New York City to Washington D.C.
1hr 10mins 1hr 10mins
New York City to Charlotte, NC
3hrs 30mins 2hrs 0mins
6hrs 50mins 3hrs 25mins
New York City to L.A.
15hrs 0mins 5hrs 55mins
American has a pretty wicked climate, defiantly more brutal then the mild climate of Europe, and due to lack of knowledge I can't comment on the Asian climates. This ads just another obstacle for a high-speed train to need to overcome, also the landscape of America can be quite brutal, but those obstacles can be overcome.
The main problems I see is who would ride this train? Who would opt for a longer ride on a train when they could just as easily get on a plane and make it to their destination quicker?
|Oh...and yeah this is what Americans picture when they hear the word "train," that or you know...something dirty.|
So in conclusion the ONLY logical use of a high speed train in America would be a direct non-stop route between NYC and Washington D.C. And well this may quell traffic and congestion entering these cities it does little more than that, and would probably not be used, you know because it's only a four hour drive and a plane would get you there in approximately the same amount of time.
The fastest train in the world, if you include the accelerating and decelerating would get you from NYC to D.C. in about an hour, how many times a day are they going to run this thing? twice? Seems pretty illogical when you think about it.