If you've been reading for a while you know that I support a train system. Why can Japan and France do it but we can't? We could wait until oil is even more scarce and it's *really* expensive to move the materials and build the line, or we could start now.
In November, Californians will vote on Prop 1A, which will fund a bullet train that will get you from San Francisco to L.A. in two and a half hours. Compare that to three and a half to fly when you count getting to and through the airport on both ends.
Of course, you might ask: why do I care if I don't live in California? Good question. 1 in 8 Americans is Californian, and we drive and fly a lot. A high speed rail line will decrease gas consumption for the US overall, further reducing U.S. dependence on oil-producing theocracies (and lowering all Americans' price at the pump). Second, a successful high-speed rail initiative here will show the rest of the country that rail works in the 21st century. As it is, we need better rail infrastructure to move American goods from the heartland to ports where they can be shipped out to international customers (agriculture is first on the list here - let's take advantage of rising food prices since we're still a net exporter of food).
Yes on 1A!