It’s no secret the United States lags behind other developed nations in high-speed rail. More than 20 countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, have such railways, while the US has yet to build its first.
Proposals have come and gone, and projects have stalled for decades. The ambitions have ranged from traditional high-speed systems connecting mega-regions to a magnetic-levitation train to a hyperloop service with a train whisked through a tube.
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