Videos showing skiing ostriches are bound to get your attention. They got our's. But why?

The videos were made about eight years ago as advertising for East Japan Railway Company promoting their moving passengers to Japan's skiing areas. 

However, the videos lead us to something at East Japan Railway's site looking more like a spaceship instead of a train. A short time ago, East Japan Railway  introduced its high-speed Bullet Train Hayabusa. It is shaped like a bullet and travels 300 kilometre per hour (186 mph). And goodies like this always make us wonder where high-speed rail is at in the US, and what's the future for HSR? Here's some basic info from the US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION:

Between FY 2006 and FY 2007, Amtrak’s Acela grew its share of the air/rail market between New York and Boston from 36% to 41% – even though obsolete infrastructure allows 150-mph operation over only 18 miles of the 231-mile route. Overseas, where trains run on state-of-the-art tracks at true high speeds, rail dominates. On the 284-mile Paris-Lyon TGV route 2% of all travelers fly and only 18% drive. Similarly, between Madrid and Seville, the high-speed AVE trains now carry 80% of the air-rail market. California and Florida are planning high-speed rail networks because their states have choked themselves with roadways and airports and still can’t move people efficiently.

So where do you think high-speed rail is going in the US? Would you be a passenger? What benefits could you derive from from such a system?


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