Japan makes our country and Amtrak seem like frontier times.

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That's what you get when government regularly invests in its railroads and passenger trains. The USA does not, and so we are where we are--unfortunately. Here, we need to make a profit on everything, or somehow it should not exist. So much for the common good. Boy, I'm glad I got THAT off my chest! 😂
 

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There's a HUGE difference in population density. Imagine NYC with 5 times the population.

I went through Shinjuku every day in high school on my way home. Miss it so much!

Watching the video is just amazing. Every 30 seconds or less a train with 10 coaches, packed with people, is going one way or the other.

Google map link to where the video is from: Shinjuku City
 
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Here's one that you can see the Shinkansen on (left two tracks, not the people mover on the far left):

Tokyo Live Camera Ch1 [4K] 東京 汐留 鉄道 ライブカメラ - YouTube

Note: best viewing time is from around 6PM EDT through to around Midnight EDT. The bullet train runs almost every 5 minutes in one direction or the other. This is the trainset that is being considered for the Texas Central HSR project.
 
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"Japan makes our country and Amtrak seem like Frontier times"

I've told this story before but I like it so much I'll tell it again.

Back in 2013 I took an AMTK trip with friends from Boston to Los Angeles by way of the LSL and SW Chief.

I was flying home from LA and was waiting in line for my flight when the young lady (in her 20's) ahead of me struck up a conversation with me. When she asked where I was coming from I proudly mentioned the AMTK trip.

She looked at me incredulously and seriously asked, "Do you live in the 19th century?"
 

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"Japan makes our country and Amtrak seem like Frontier times"

I've told this story before but I like it so much I'll tell it again.

Back in 2013 I took an AMTK trip with friends from Boston to Los Angeles by way of the LSL and SW Chief.

I was flying home from LA and was waiting in line for my flight when the young lady (in her 20's) ahead of me struck up a conversation with me. When she asked where I was coming from I proudly mentioned the AMTK trip.

She looked at me incredulously and seriously asked, "Do you live in the 19th century?"
Sigh.


And uh, what's the point of this thread again? Pretty sure we all know where the US stands when compared to Japan and other Asian rail companies.
 

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And uh, what's the point of this thread again? Pretty sure we all know where the US stands when compared to Japan and other Asian rail companies.
The NEC really isn't THAT bad. The Acela at 160 MPH is formidable. Only it that that for like 5 minutes between Boston and DC. The biggest issue with the NEC is the crumbling infrastructure, not the availability of service.
 

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The NEC really isn't THAT bad. The Acela at 160 MPH is formidable. Only it that that for like 5 minutes between Boston and DC. The biggest issue with the NEC is the crumbling infrastructure, not the availability of service.
And a faster journey time between NYC and Boston would be nice...
 
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