Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
I think Americans greatly overestimate the use of high-speed rail by Euros.
I think in the US, like anywhere, there is a case to be made for high-speed rail on specific routes:
We already have the Acela connecting NY/PHL/DC/Boston. It's not superfast, but it's better than nothing. There would be a lot of demand for something that connects Chicago->Detroit->Cleveland->that east coast system, preferably with a higher speed.
I bet Vegas->LA would be a hit.
San Diego -> LA -> SFO
Houston -> Dallas
But that's about it. A nation-wide system would be a tremendous waste.
For those that have not ridden the maglev - it's awesome: