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Originally posted by koji_K
I've asked this question a lot myself. My only guess is that trains are simply not a priority form of transport in the US.. train service in general here sucks, simply because most people fly or drive, for better or worse. I think it would cost too much to lay the new tracks and comission all those new carriages, and not enough return would be seen on the investment. I've always wondered why they don't have maglev in the UK as well- people there would probably ride it enough to make the investment worthwhile, compared to the US. I would be interested in seeing some figures though to show how much oil trains use in the US as a percentage of total oil used, to see if it really would make a difference. (Not challenging you, just saying I'm curious!)
Originally posted by mrmulder
I just don't understand it. Japan was the first to build the maglev (magnetic levitation) train or the more commonly known as the bullet train. Now why have we not started using this in the United States? In fact, why didn't we use this along time ago. I ask this simply because the bullet train uses very little if any oil at all. Bullet train are mostly run by magnetic levitation. If the bullet train were to be used around this country it would greatly reduce the need for oil.
Anyone agree or disagree? Any thoughts or comments?